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The Wasteland

Dashte Khamoush

Rating: PG

Synopsis

Bricks are replaced by cement, which is cheaper to produce. And so it is for workers at a brick factory, who recognise the looming finality.

They look to their supervisor to mediate differences, while the factory owner offers lies and platitudes as salve. When that last day arrives, there is little closure: unpaid salaries, familial and ethnic tensions, unresolved romances.

The filmic style invites comparisons to Béla Tarr, Abbas Kiarostami and Persian verse. Ahmad Bahrami has, however, created a personal artistic signature, crafting a powerful story in which the individual and the spaces they inhabit are inextricably connected.

Like the act of bricklaying, his images are weighty; they gain in intensity, culminating in a devastating final act.

Best Film (Orizzonti section)

In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2020

Winner of FIPRESCI Award

In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2020

Winner of FAI Foundation Award

In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2020

Details

Director:

Ahmad Bahrami

Country:

Iran

Duration:

102 Mins

Rating:

PG

Year:

2020

Language(s):

Persian, Turkish, Kurdish

Showtimes

Cinema

03 Dec 2020, Thursday, 6:30pm

Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 7

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Film Credits

Director

Ahmad Bahrami is an emerging voice to look out for in the new generation of Iranian filmmakers.

He made his debut feature, Panah, in 2017. The Wasteland, his second feature, was awarded Best Film in the Orizzonti section of Venice Film Festival.

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Saeed Bashiri

Cast:

Ali Bagheri
Farrokh Nemati
Mahdieh Nassaj

Screenwriter:

Ali Ghasemi

Company:

Persia Film Distribution