11/16/2019 05:30 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
Denmark/Germany/France/Luxembourg/Afghanistan/Qatar 2019 90 min Dari-Russian-Hindi-Urdu original version with German and English subtitles
by Shahrbanoo Sadat
Script: Shahrbanoo Sadat, DoP: Virginie Sudej, Editor: Alexandra Strauss, Sound: Sigrid DPA Jensen, Anne Gry Friis Kristensen, Producer: Katja Adomeit, Production: Adomeit Film, Cast: Qodratollah Qadiri, Sediqa Rasuli, Masihullah Feraji, Hasibullah Rasooli, Ahmad Fayaz Omani, Anwar Hashimi
Afghanistan in the late 1980s: 15-year-old Qodrat lives for cinema. It’s not only the fact that his rich inner life is like one big Bollywood extravaganza – he also earns extra cash scalping overpriced movie tickets. When the police stick him in an orphanage run by the Soviets, an exciting new world opens up for him. Alas, change is brewing in the background: the power dynamics in this country ravaged by civil war are gradually shifting. With a serious yet warm-hearted tone, this coming-of-age film tells of the doubled upheaval in the life of a young man and the dreams that we carry inside on the path to adulthood.
More information: http://www.luxboxfilms.com/the-orphanage
Shahrbanoo Sadat is an Afghan female writer and director, based in Kabul. She was born in Teheran/Iran in 1990 and studied at Atelier Varan Kabul. Her first feature film WOLF AND SHEEP was developed with the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence in 2010, with her as the youngest candidate ever selected for this program. The film won the main award in the section “Quinzaine des Réalisateurs” at the Cannes International Film Festival 2016. Her second feature film, THE ORPHANAGE (2019) is the second part of a planned pentalogy, five films based on an unpublished autobiography.
Filmography: 2016 WOLF AND SHEEP, 2019 THE ORPHANAGE