Bodkin Ras

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    Bodkin Ras

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Belgium

    2016

    79 min

    • English

    Docufiction, Thriller

    You can’t help missing an outsider in the small Scottish town of Forres. And that while Bodkin Ras wants to keep his head down, because he’s on the run. In this mixture of fiction and documentary, Sohrab Bayat, who plays the title role, is the only actor. The other characters are inhabitants of Forres, who play themselves and whose striking life stories are incorporated into the script. The boundaries between reality and fiction fade and this gives the film a special atmosphere. The hybrid form ensures that BODKIN RAS works on several levels. It helps you get to know a fascinating town and its inhabitants, all of whom have their own cares. But it’s also the universal story of a man looking for a place where he can start afresh. He notices that he can’t shake the past off just like that, however: he shall first have to come to terms with himself.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - IFF Rotterdam
    • FIPRESCI Award - Viennale

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Sohrab Bayat
    Lily Szramko
    Eddie Paton
    James Macmillan
    Screenplay
    Kaweh Modiri
    Cinematography
    Daan Nieuwenhuis
    Editing
    Jan de Coster
    Music
    Mohsen Namjoo
    Production
    REVOLVER AMSTERDAM
    Sales
    SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT

    Press

    Iranian-Dutch actor Bayat maintains a hungry, sullen look throughout, proclaiming his outsider status at all times.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Modern, highly topical and formally absorbing ... has huge potential [to] connect with a wider audience through its real-life stories and their protagonists.

    Martin Kudlác, Cineuropa

    Kaweh Modiri

    Kaweh Modiri

    Iran

    Kaweh MODIRI (1982, Iran) has lived in the Netherlands since 1988. He studied Theatre Science at the University of Amsterdam and graduated from the department Image & Language at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, also in Amsterdam. MY BURGLAR AND ME (2011) is his thesis film. His debut novel with the same title will be published in February 2011.