Screening Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles - Changeling

Changeling (Wechselbalg) © Bert Schmidt

Wed, 17.01.2018


Goethe-Institut London

Changeling (Wechselbalg)

In this minutely observed portrait of an ordinary family – father, mother and their adopted daughter in a picket-fenced row house – Shahid Saless revisits the world of childhood and adolescence. Uniquely, Changeling examines this formative experience through the eyes of an anxious mother, who herself was a daughter once: With minimal gestures – a telling look, a thoughtless word, a slight hesitation – her troubled inner world is laid bare. With an outsider’s clarity of vision, but without judgement, Shahid Saless sees through the middle class ideal of the German home. Behind the lace curtain: a prison of their own making.
West Germany 1987, 135 min, digital version, German with English subtitles. Directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless. Written by Jürgen Breest, adapted from his novel. Cinematography by Michael Faust. With Friederike Brüheim, Henning Gissel, Katharina Baccarelli, Erika Wackernagel, Helga Jeske.


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.