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 raids 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.
Juan Margallo, Tomas del Estal, Manuel Moron, Itziar Aizpuru, Amparo Noguera, Gonzalo Robles
House on Fire
Festivals / Awards
2017: Venice Film Festival: Best Screenplay, Best Debut (FIPERSCI), Best Film (Interfilm Award), Best Screenplay (Venice Horizons Award)
Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Nantes Three Continents Festival: Young Audience Award (Director)
Mumbai Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
2018: Festival Premiers Plans D’Angers
Rotterdam International Film Festival
DOP / Camera
Alireza Khatami is a writer, director, producer based between the United States and France. He was selected in the 24th session of Cinefondation Residency of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. He is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival. Born in Iran, he studied Creative Multimedia in Malaysia and gained a Master of Fine Arts degree in film production from the United States of America.