11/13/2021 05:30 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
Finland 2020 82 min Finnish and Farsi original version with German and English subtitles
by Hamy Ramezan
Script: Hamy Ramezan, Antti Rautava, DoP: Arsen Sarkisiants, Editor: Joona Louhivuori, Production: : Aamu Film Company, Producer: Jussi Rantamäki, Emilia Haukka, Cast: Ramin Mehdipour, Bahman Mehdipour, Mahtab Mehdipour, Donya Mehdipour
A heart-rending film on escape and asylum: Ramin, 13, lives with his Iranian family in a Finnish refugee shelter. Just as he’s starting to enjoy his holidays, the family gets the news that their request for asylum has been rejected. The Mehdipours file a last appeal and try to get through the day in a positive way despite looming deportation, while keeping anxious thoughts at bay for Ramin and his sister. Moments of courage and joy, despair and worry all add to the loving portrait of a child and his family who, on the threshold of a new life, never lose their dignity.
“The family’s unspoken dedication to maintaining regularity and domesticity in the most uncomfortable scenarios – making their confined family cell into a home – is ANY DAY NOW’s most affecting attribute.” (www.slantmagazine.com)
Hamy Ramezan is a Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter and came to Finland as a political refugee in 1990. He graduated from the University for Creative Arts in Franham/United Kingdom in 2007 and has since completed several short films. His short film LISTEN premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2015 and was nominated for Best Short Film at European Film Awards. ANY DAY NOW is his feature debut.
Filmography (selection): 2009 OVER THE FENCE, 2014 KEYS OF HEAVEN, 2015 LISTEN (all short films), 2020 ANY DAY NOW
Awards (selection): Nordisk Film Award for Best Director and Finnish Film Award for Best Leading Actor (Jussi Awards, Helsinki/Finland 2021), Tiantian Award for Best Supporting Actor (Beijing International Film Festival, China 2021)