Oblivion Verses

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    Oblivion Verses

    Los versos del olvido

    Directed by

    Chile, France, Germany, Netherlands

    2017

    92 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Best Screenplay (Orizzonti) - Venice IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Venice IFF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Juan Margallo
    Tomas Del Estal
    Manuel Moron
    Itziar Aizpuru
    Screenplay
    Dominique Welinski
    René Ballesteros
    Cinematography
    Antoine Heberlé
    Editing
    Florent Mangeot

    Director's Statement

    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.

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    Press

    Haunting and perplexing.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    An enigmatic, dream-like disquisition on death and the necessity of remembrance.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Alireza Khatami

    Alireza Khatami

    Iran

    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.

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