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None of Your Business

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Iran
2019
64 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kaveh Farnam
Kamran Heidari
Kamran Heidari, Mansour Vahdani
Kamran Heidari
Saeideh Keshavarzi, Kamran Heidari
Ali Farmani
How he lived and died is nobody’s business, the singer Ebrahim Monsefi sings in a song documented in a video flickering with decay. It comes at the end of a film whose very existence asserts the opposite, because it narrates precisely that life, which was shaped by his love of music and a crash caused by the loss of loved ones. It started in the traditionally cosmopolitan southern Iranian seaport of Bandar Abbas at the Strait of Hormuz. There is even a (deserted) Hindu temple there, where the orphan grew up with his grandfather, surrounded by music from all over the world that was absorbed and interpreted by the locals. Thus Ebram learned to play the guitar at an early age and became a local star as a singer-songwriter, before he became addicted to heroin and died in 1997.

Today his songs are popular standards in the region. And catchy melancholy tunes which, in archive footage of Ebram himself and street sets of contemporary performers, become the vibrant framework of Kamran Heidari’s film. Added to this are restagings of individual stations of his life. And the artist as a spirit whose emerging, almost pathological obsession with femininity can also be read as a comment on the worldview of the never explicitly mentioned Islamic Revolution. Thus the film is more a parable than a biography, but also the portrait of a fascinating, vibrant city.

Silvia Hallensleben

The Call of the Wild

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2019
40 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ondřej Šejnoha
Karolína Peroutková
Matěj Chrudina
Karolína Peroutková
Ilona Malá
Karolína Peroutková
Vojtěch Zavadil
“The best thing in the world is to break the law.” A hobby fervently pursued by twelve-year-old Michal and his younger brother, Karel. They steal chocolate, spray, trespass on properties, drink alcohol, smoke, play with fire. Director Karolína Peroutková is admitted, becomes a witness and occasionally (well-behaved) accomplice of experiences that play out somewhere between absolute freedom and neglect. Where Peroutková can’t go, the boys themselves take over the direction of the film.

Carolin Weidner