Far From Home (Dar gorbat aka In der Fremde)
Shot in a mere 13 days, with a cast of lay actors recruited from the streets of Kreuzberg, this trenchant exposé of the life of the Turkish guest worker Husseyn in 1970s Berlin is an urgent, uncompromising piece of filmmaking that feels as hopeless and desperate today as it did then. Shahid Saless’ regular DOP Ramin Reza Molai captures the isolation of Husseyn in long, deep-focus takes that reach down endless streets. The only refuge is a sparse flat that Husseyn shares with other guest workers, where they gather to eat, sing, play backgammon – or simply exist.
Introduced by the curators Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Perneczky.
Iran / West Germany 1975, 91 min, 16mm, Turkish & German with English subtitles. Directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless. Written by Sohrab Shahid Saless and Helga Houzer. Cinematography by Ramin Reza Molai. With Parviz Sayyad, Anasal Cihan, Muhammet Temizkan, Hüsamettin Kaya, Ursula Kessler, Ute Bokelmann.
Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles
is curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Perneczky in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and in collaboration with the Munich Film Museum. With support from the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University (London), Iran Heritage Foundation (London) and Arts Council England. We would like to thank our partner venues Close-Up and the ICA.
For more details please visit the ICA website.
This screening is part of the series Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles, 4 November 2017 - 19 January 2018. Please see full programme details here