11/20/2023 05:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

France/Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium 2023 100 min Farsi original version with German subtitles
Local premiere

by Sepideh Farsi

Script: Javad Djavahery, Animation: Zaven Najjar, Editors: Isabelle Manquillet, Grégoire Sivan, Music: Erik Truffaz, Producer: Sébastien Onomo, Production: Trickstudio Lutterbeck, Special Touch Studios, Rêves d’Eau Productions, Amopix, Les Fées Spéciales, Lunanime, Katuh Studio, BAC Cinema
A masterful animated film about the First Gulf War between Iran and Iraq. 1980: Abadan, Iran’s oil metropolis, is about to be besieged by Iraq. 14-year-old Omid stays with his grandfather after trying in vain to enlist as a soldier. On his wanderings, he meets people who all want to stay in the city despite the threatening situation. Among them is Pari, with whom Omid has fallen in love. When the situation comes to a head, Omid plans to escape together on an old boat.

With a meticulous eye for detail in her storytelling and a minimalistic style of animation, Sepideh Farsi depicts the outbreak of the bloody Iran-Iraq war through one boy’s struggle for survival in a besieged city. Along the way, her protagonist encounters people who find themselves at a turning point in their lives due to the war and who have to plan their future anew.

Sepideh Farsi was born in Tehran/Iran and moved to Paris to study Mathematics, but soon turned her focus to filmmaking and has won countless awards with it to date. After several short films, in 2001 she directed the documentary HOMI D. SETHNA FILMMAKER which won several awards. Her documentaries HARAT and TEHRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION both premiered at Locarno, her first two feature films DREAMS OF DUST and THE GAZE at Rotterdam.

Filmography (selection): 1993 NORTHWIND (short film), 2001 HOMI D. SETHNA FILMMAKER, 2003 DREAMS OF DUST, 2005 THE GAZE, 2007 HARAT, 2009 TEHRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION, 2016 7 VEILS, 2023 THE SIREN

Awards (selection): Award for Best Original Music (Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France 2023)

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