Seemingly out of nowhere, an unemployed engineer suddenly rejects what others – his wife, friends, and presumably he himself before he lost his job – would consider a life well-lived: orderly, industrious, well-adjusted. A modern-day Bartleby, he gets out of bed one morning and decides that he ‘would prefer not to’. Quite possibly Shahid Saless’ most personal film, but certainly his angriest, Order issues a haunting battle cry against the asphyxiating reality of middle class values. A harrowing film with lingering impact.
West Germany 1980, 96 min, digital version, German with English subtitles. Directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless. Written by Sohrab Shahid Saless, Dieter Reifarth and Bert Schmidt. Cinematography by Ramin Reza Molai. With Heinz Lieven, Dorothea Moritz, Ingrid Domann, Peter Schütze, Dagmar Hessenland, Dieter Schaad.
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.
This screening is part of the series Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles, 4 November 2017 - Friday 19 January 2018. Please see full programme details here