Chaos

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    Chaos

    Directed by

    Austria, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar

    2018

    95 min

    • German
    • Arabic

    Documentary

    Three Syrian women, each living in a different place, are separated by the very things that unite them: fear and trauma. One lives in Damascus and has stopped speaking to others entirely, isolating herself in her apartment and seeking solace in silence since the death of her son. The second has left Damascus as a result of the war and went to Sweden where she loses herself in her paintings, hoping to free herself from the torments of the past. The third ended up in Vienna and faces an unknown future, just like the ghost of a woman who fled Austria after the Second World War. Chaos is a discussion between a woman stuck in Damascus, another one stuck in exile, and a third who has recently left. It is a conversation between the interior and exterior, an impossible conversation.

    Awards

    • Golden Leopard (Filmmakers of the Present) - Locarno Festival
    • ExtraVALUE Film Award - Viennale

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Sara Fattahi
    Cinematography
    Sara Fattahi
    Editing
    Raya Yamisha
    Production
    LITTLE MAGNET FILMS
    Sara Fattahi

    Sara Fattahi

    Syria

    Born in Damascus in 1983, Sara Fattahi studied law and graduated from the Fine Art Institute in Damascus. She has worked as a storyboard artist and animator for several networks such as Al Jazeera Kids and SpaceToon, as well as an art director for soap operas. She signed her first short documentary 27 Meters in 2013 and her first feature length, Coma (2015), was awarded the Sesterce d’argent Regard Neuf Canton de Vaud award for the Best First Feature Film at Visions du Réel as well as the FIPRESCI award at the Viennale and has been screened at numerous festivals such as MoMA’s Doc Fortnight and the Berlinale’s Critics’ Week. Her most recent film CHAOS (2018) was selected at the Locarno Festival.

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