The Great Yawn Of History (خمیازه بزرگ)

Friday, June, 7th, 2024, 19.00 hrs

Feature film
IR 2024
93 minutes
Director: Aliyar Rasti
Actors: Mohammad Aghebati, Amirhossein Hosseini, Saber Abar, Mahin Sadri, Mehrdad Ziaie, Ramin Alizadeh

Original version in Farsi with English subtitles.

Beitollah calls in a group of men willing to work via a newspaper advertisement and recruits the least religious of them, Shoja. The two of them set off together in search of a treasure that is said to be in one of the caves in the north of Iran. Their wandering through desert landscapes, between caravanserais and abandoned fortresses becomes a surreal and mystical odyssey. Rasti’s debut is reminiscent of Jodorowski, Luis Bunuel and Howard Hawks and yet has its own inimitable style.

Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Aliyar Rasti (Tehran).


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Aliyar Rasti (*1988 in Tehran): His music videos have screened at various festivals. The short films “In Between” (2018) and “America” (2021) were followed by “The Great Yawn Of History” (2024), which received the Special Jury Award (Encounters) at the Berlinale.