The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raid the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial with the help of a mystic gravedigger who collects stories of the dead, an old woman searching for her long-lost daughter, and a hearse driver tormented by his past.
- Best Screenplay (Orizzonti) - Venice IFF
- FIPRESCI Prize - Venice IFF
- Juan Margallo
- Tomas Del Estal
- Manuel Moron
- Itziar Aizpuru
- Dominique Welinski
- René Ballesteros
- Antoine Heberlé
- Florent Mangeot
Los versos del olvido is inspired by tragic events that are close to my heart. For years I did not have the courage to revisit these memories. It was only after mediating the events through a different language and geography that i could speak of it and understand that historical amnesia prepares the way for violence to be repeated. Los versos del olvido is about the ethical demand to remember the past and resist the violence of forgetting as a form of personal redemption. A reflection on the politics of memory, it is a poetic homage to those who fight to seek justice for the unknown.
- HOUSE ON FIRE PRODUCTIONS
- ENDORPHINE PRODUCTION
- LEMMING FILM
- QUIJOTE RAMPANTE
- UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
Haunting and perplexing.
An enigmatic, dream-like disquisition on death and the necessity of remembrance.
For me cinema is a poetic justice to a cruel world.
Alireza Khatami (1980, Iran) had worked in the Film and Advertising Industry for four years prior to moving to Malaysia where he got a degree in Creative Multimedia and later worked as a Visual Effects Supervisor. He was selected as one of the Dean’s Fellows for Savannah College of Art & Design, thus in 2010 he moved to America to obtain a degree of Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. His short films, scripts and installations have been showcased and awarded in several countries around the globe including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, USA, Brazil, Philippines and many more. In 2012 he was selected for Cinefondation Residency of Cannes Film Festival to develop his first feature film.