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22 JUL, 18:30, Teatro Municipal Sala Um

    Ali Asgari
Ali Asgari, 2017
Iran (Islamic Republic of) · Qatar, FIC, 01:29:00
On a cold winter’s night in modern Tehran, a couple of young lovers are faced with a serious problem and have only a few hours to find a solution. After the couple’s first sexual relation results in an alarming blood loss state, in desperation they hop from hospital to hospital in search of help, but none of them will admit the young woman to provide her with the medical care she needs. As they struggle to find a way to solve the problem, the two lovers need to keep the situation a secret, hiding their new reality from their parents. In between, it is the marital relationship itself that is on the razor’s edge. Entangled between conservative traditions and desires for modernity, the couple faces, in the present, an uncertain future. There are several hypotheses to solve the problem, but none of them suits the two young people who have neither a marriage certificate nor the consent of the girl’s parents. The nocturnal wandering leads them to a way out that is as unorthodox as it is illegal, while time runs out, as does the girl’s blood and the spectators’ hope, until a final plunge into the black market that endangers the immediate future of both characters. The agonizing and almost silent denouement, as is so often the case with the refusal of words on the part of the characters in Asgari’s films, offers two paths, both exiguous. Framed in long shots in a handy-cam style – how can we not relive the feeling of vertigo arising from this technique in the work of Von Trier or of Vinterberg in the films of the DOGMA manifesto – we watch the litany of hospital workers with their looks of disapproval that dialogue, out of frame, with a more obvious and indisputable morality. “Disappearance” is a precise look, like so many others by Asgari, with and without Farnoosh Samadi, at the most banal scenes of daily life which, so small and insignificant, reveal themselves to be, for lack of secularization in Iranian society, always on the brink of catastrophe. (LL)  
PRODUCTION Pouria Heidary Oureh, Ali Sadraei - Three Gardens Film, COPY CONTACT Natalia Dabrowska - New Europe Film Sales Jan Naszewski; 48698903038,, SCRIPT Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari PHOTOGRAPHY Ashkan Ashkani EDITING Ehsan Vaseghi SOUND Hossein Ghourchian MUSIC Yishai Adar MAIN ACTORS Sadaf Asgari, Amir Reza Ranjbaran, Nnafiseh Zare, Sahar Sotoodeh, Mohammad Heidari