Director: Abbas Amini, 2020, Iran, 102 minutes, Cast: Amir Hossein Fathi, Mani Haghighi, Hassan Pourshirazi, Baran Kosari
Amir is recently deported from France. Unemployed and idle, he is obliged to stay at his father’s house. For the sake of his father, he gets involved in a horrifying crime which consequently leads him towards the foreign currencies black market. But he knows that the mystery should be unfolded in the last act…
Screening with: Witness
Sunday, Sept. 19th, 04:15 PM
Abbas Amini, born in 1983 in Darab, southern Iran, started making short films at the age of 13. In 2001 he moved to Tehran and worked on several feature films as director’s assistant before making documentary films orientated towards social and child welfare issues. He went on to direct a number of shorts and documentaries dealing with the terrible consequences of the Iran/Iraq war. His keen interest in child welfare led him to work, for the past 12 years, as a volunteer for the “Association for the Protection of Child Labourers.” The APCL, founded in 2002 as the first NGO to focus on the issue of child labor, educates underprivileged children and improves their skills and living conditions by working on their critical issues. His first two features, focusing on youth, Valderama (2016) and Hendi and Hormoz (2018) were both selected for the Berlinale “Generation 14 Plus” section. Numerous other international festivals have also screened the films to much critical acclaim. He has also sat as Jury member in the “Generation Section” of the Berlin International Film Festival 2020. His present work marks a new departure for him.
Feature Films: 2020: I Am Here!, The Slaughterhouse / 2018: Hendi and Hormoz / 2016: Valderama
Short Films: 2014: Season of Return / 2001: Shield Children
Documentary Films: 2012: The Breathless / 2009: Impossible Mission / 2008: Night Story / 2005: Taste of the Sun / 2002: Abdolma, Colour