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The Wasteland Unclassified 18+
Dashte Khamoush

Director: Ahmad Bahrami
Origin: Iran (2020)
Language: Kurdish, Persian, Turkish with English subtitles

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Abbas Kiarostami protégé Ahmad Bahrami’s second feature, which won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, is a dreamlike expedition to a remote Iranian factory.

The Wasteland depicts the mounting tensions among the ethnically diverse workers of a crumbling, archaic brick manufacturing plant seemingly removed from civilisation. The story focuses on 40-year-old Lotfollah, who has lived his entire life within the building and acts as a mediator between the workers and their boss.

Masterfully assembling a series of slow-burning, Rashomon-like vignettes, Bahrami – whose own father worked in an industrial factory for 30 years – lends dignity to the workers’ plight as the brickworks faces foreclosure. In turn, cinematographer Masoud Amini Tirani’s hypnotic, slow-panning takes and enigmatic looping shots give this black-and-white masterpiece’s characters the sense of being trapped in a reverie.

“A rare gem … [and] a story so tightly focused, it’s almost a mythology of its own.” – Vanity Fair

In Cinema

Mon 16 Aug 1:15 pm [11190]
The Wasteland (102 mins)
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event
Thu 19 Aug 8:45 pm [16371]
The Wasteland (102 mins)
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event

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Online

40984
Wed 11 Aug 9:00 am [40984]
The Wasteland (102 mins)
Online 100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event
Key Cast
Ali Bagheri, Farrokh Nemati, Mahdieh Nassaj, Touraj Alvand
Director
Ahmad Bahrami
Producer
Saeed Bashiri
Screenwriter
Ahmad Bahrami
Cinematographer
Masoud Amini Tirani
Composer
Foad Ghahremani
Editor
Sara Yavari
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Persia Film Distribution

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