In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beergarden in Tehran

© Narges Kalhor
© Narges Kalhor

Feb. 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

North American Premiere

75 min. Germany (2019)
German, English, and Farsi w/ English subtitles

Director: Narges Kalhor
Producers: Anita Schneider, Viola Jäger
Writer: Narges Kalhor
Director of Photography: Julia Swoboda
Editor: Frank Müller
Animation: Kevin Müller
Production: Nicholas Coleman (Oasysdigital)
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Forget everything you think you know about storytelling! And get ready for a very surreal trip. Narges Kalhor plunges us in a funny and deconstructed joyful apocalypse of a web of stories while following four characters who moved to Germany in order to escape the dire and dangerous political situation of their countries. A Syrian gay teenager fears that his visa might be refused and that he might have to return home. An Iranian girl dreams of a beer garden in the heart of Tehran. Another one struggles with her film project and her teacher that offers useless advice about the ways of making her work more understandable. And, while Scheherazade spins her stories night after night, the world turns gently upside down. A film that offers new meanings on getting lost in translation, while proposing also new perspectives on communication and multiculturalism. A hymn to the sheer force and freedom of creativity. A film that weaves together many layers of reality, juggling with fiction, mocking documentary and its rules.