German Titles Set for Strong Showing at Fajr 2017

German Titles Set for Strong Showing at Fajr 2017

Germany will be presenting 11 movies at this year’s edition of Fajr, with the biggest number of titles after France.

Germany is in the main programs of the prestigious film festival: One feature-length movie in Eastern Vista, four in Special Screenings, one in Docs in Focus, and five in Festival of Festivals.

Three movies will also be showing at the Environmental Films section, namely Voyage of Time, Spoor, and Greetings from Fukushima. Some of the movies are German co-productions.

Here are all the titles screening:

Apprentice (2016) – Eastern Vista

1h 36min | Drama

Director: Junfeng Boo

Cast: Rahman Fir, Su Wan Hanafi, Ahmad Mastura, Boon Pin Koh, Nickson Cheng, Crispian Chan

Country: Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong SAR China

Language: Thai

Synopsis: Aiman, a 28-year-old correctional officer, is transferred to the territory’s top prison. He strikes up friendship with Rahim, who is the chief executioner of the prison, and one of the world’s most prolific. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a past that haunts him to become the executioner’s apprentice.

Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016) – Special Screenings (Masters of Cinema) – Environmental Films

1h 30min | Documentary, Drama

Director: Terrence Malick

Main Cast: Cate Blanchett, Jamal Cavil, Maisha Diatta, Yagazie Emezi, Daryl James HarrisII

Country: France | Germany | USA

Language: English

Synopsis: Filmmaker Terrence Malick examines the origins of the universe, the birth of stars and galaxies, the beginning of life on Earth, and the evolution of diverse species.

I, Daniel Blake (2016) – Special Screenings (Masters of Cinema)

1h 40min | Drama

Director: Ken Loach

Main Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy

Country: UK | France | Belgium

Language: English

Synopsis: Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who must rely on welfare after a recent heart attack leaves him unable to work. Despite his doctor’s diagnosis, British authorities deny Blake’s benefits and tell him to return to his job. As Daniel navigates his way through an agonizing appeal process, he begins to develop a strong bond with a destitute, single mother (Hayley Squires) who’s struggling to take care of her two children.

Salt and Fire (2016) – Special Screenings (Masters of Cinema)

1h 38min | Thriller

Director: Werner Herzog

Main Cast: Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal, Anita Briem

Country: France | Bolivia | USA | Germany | Mexico

Language: English | German | Quechua | Spanish

Synopsis: Two ecologists are sent to South America as part of a U.N. investigation into an ecological disaster. They are quickly kidnapped by the villainous CEO of a large company held responsible for the ecological disaster. But when a supervolcano nearby begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.

Spoor (2017) – Special Screenings (Masters of Cinema)

2h 8min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Directors: Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik

Main Cast: Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszal

Country: Poland | Germany | Czech Republic | Sweden | Slovakia

Language: Polish

Synopsis: Set in a remote mountainous region of the Ktodzko Valley in south-western Poland, where an elderly woman, Janina Duszejko, turns witness to a violent and mysterious death of several hunters. She is convinced she knows who the murderer is, but nobody believes her story. The film plot is based on a novel by the Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk.

In Exile (2016) – Docs in Focus

1h 12min | Documentary

Director: Tin Win Naing

Country: Germany | Myanmar

Language: Burmese

Synopsis: The plight of migrants who have fled the civil war in Myanmar for refuge in Thailand, and now toil as plantation workers in conditions tantamount to slave labor.

In the Last Days of the City (2016) – Festival of Festivals (Cup of Divination)

1h 58min | Drama

Director: Tamer El Said

Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef

Country: Egypt | Germany | UK | United Arab Emirates

For all festivalgoers who are already planning their visit, check screening time and other information at Fajriff.com or email the Secretariat at Film@Fajriff.com.

Presided over by Reza Mirkarimi, the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from 21 to 28 April in Tehran.


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