Critical Zone (منطقه بحرانی )

Sunday, June 9th, 2024, 19.00 hrs

Feature film
Iran, Germany 2023
99 minutes
Director: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Actors: Amir Pousti, Shirin Abedinirad, Maryam Sadeghiyan, Alireza Keymanesh

Original version in Farsi with German subtitles.

On the highways of Tehran at night, Amir supplies the city’s lonely souls with drugs to give them a little relief. After his two extraordinary debut films “Kami’s Party” (2013) and “Atomic Heart Mother” (2015), Ahmadzadeh has created another mesmerizing drama about the disillusioned urban youth culture in Iran. Filmed without a permit and featuring a cast of mainly non-professional actors, it screened in the Locarno competition and Ahmadzadeh was not allowed to leave Iran.


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Ali Ahmadzadeh (*1986 in Tehran) studied architecture, music and film directing. “Kami’s Party” (2013) and “Atomic Heart Mother” (2015) enjoyed international success. His third feature film, “Critical Zone”, was awarded the main prize in Locarno.