Disappearance

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    Disappearance

    Napadid shodan

    Directed by

    Iran

    2017

    89 min

    • Farsi

    Drama

    On a cold winter’s night in modern Tehran, a couple of young lovers run into a serious problem, and they have just a few hours to come up with a solution. They go from hospital to hospital in search for help, but none of the hospitals will admit the young woman and provide her with the medical attention she desperately requires. While they try hard to find a way to solve the problem, they have to hide what is happening from their parents. Moreover, their relationship is facing a crisis and will suffer dire consequences. Caught between conservative traditions and modern day desires, the couple must face their uncertain future.

    Awards

    • Best Feature Film, Best Performance (Sadaf Asgari) - Singapore IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Sadaf Asgari
    Amir Reza Ranjbaran
    Nafiseh Zare
    Sahar Sotoodeh
    Mohammad Heidari
    Screenplay
    Ali Asgari
    Farnoosh Samadi
    Cinematography
    Ashkan Ashkani
    Editing
    Ehsan Vaseghi

    Director's Statement

    In this film I am going to show the picture of a young generation, in a semi-traditional society, struggling to discover its identity. I like the audience to think about the lack of communication and effects of family limitations. Nowadays, the majority of the older generation in Iran likes to respect the traditions, while at the same time the majority of the younger generation is trying to overcome these same traditions, and the differences between these two points of view create a lot of conflicts and stories. These stories have always been important for me, especially because I experienced this kind of situations myself. I have tried to narrate them in my previous short films and some of the characters I created are still alive, and their stories are not yet finished in my mind. I would like to explore them some more.

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    Press

    Precisely crafted debut

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Ali Asgari

    Ali Asgari

    Iran

    I want to show the pain, the sorrows and the emotions of other people through my own feelings.

    Ali Asgari was born in Tehran, Iran. He studied cinema in Italy. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Two of his short films BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT (2013) and THE SILENCE (2016, co-directed with Farnoosh Samadi) were in competition at Cannes Film Festival where they competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or. His short film THE BABY premiered in competition of Venice Film Festival in 2014. His short films were screened in more than 600 film festivals around the world, including Sundance, BFI London and Melbourne and won more than 150 international awards. DISAPPEARANCE is his first feature film. The script was developed at Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation La Residence and was selected for Venice and Toronto IFF.

    Selected Filmography