INTERFILM 37 Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin
16. - 21. November 2021

Donkeys

Donkeys

Nader Farahwaschy // Deutschland, Iran // 2021 // 13:40 min

Live Action

Synopsis:
Der Film erzählt die Geschichte von zwei entfremdeten Brüdern, die beide mit erheblichen Problemen in ihrem Leben zu kämpfen haben. Sie begeben sich auf eine Reise durch die verlassene Landschaft des östlichen Irans. Hier müssen sie entscheiden, ob sie einen Geflüchteten über die iranisch-afghanische Grenze befördern.

Drei Fragen an die Regie

1. Short Film has a unique way of telling stories and exploring themes. What is it that fascinates you about the short format?

Nader Farahwaschy: Short films are poems, feature films novels. Both trigger our minds and hearts, yet in significantly different ways.

2. The program your film is selected for is called “Hier hast du einen Kopf, jetzt kannst du sehen.”: What connection do you see between your film and that title?

Nader Farahwaschy: The head of the donkey, is never fully visible in ‘DONKEYS’. We either suspect his silhouette in the far distance, or only see parts of its body. In the final scene, the donkey's body seemingly merges with the head of its rider. Who is who? Is it the donkey seeing the world with the eye of a human, or rather vice versa?

3. What film has inspried you most to make films yourself and what part of it do you see in your own work?

Nader Farahwaschy: ‘Taste of Cherry’ and ‘The Wind will carry us’. Both films by Abbas Kiarostami have engraved themselves within me. Their narration and film rhythm make the complexity of life seem weightless. Fiction and reality merge and have a liberating effect on the compulsion to find answers.
The questions asked and the inner confusion of characters, the nondifferentiation between truth and lies, between reality and fiction, and the unanswerability itself are my personal cinematic driving forces.

Cast: Amir Janani, Ali Bagheri

Drehbuch: Amin Seqatchi, Nader Farahwaschy

Kamera: Amirhossein Khoshbin

Produktion: Amin Seqatchi, Nader Farahwaschy

Regie: Nader Farahwaschy

Sales Agent: Nader Farahwaschy

Schnitt: Nader Farahwaschy

Sound Design: Mohamad Mehdi Javaherizadeh

Art Design: Armin Rangani

Special Effects: Ali Valipour

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