Greece, France, The Netherlands, Bulgaria | 2020 | DCP | Color | 101 min | Siamak Etemadi
THURSDAY 1 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 3 | 14:30 HRS. | 101 MIN
SUNDAY 4 | FILMIN LATINO | 24 HRS. | 101 MIN
Director: Siamak Etemadi
Screenplay: Siamak Etemadi
Producer: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas
Cinematography: Claudio Bolivar GSC
Editing: Panos Voutsaras
Sound: Boris Trayanov, Vincent Sinceretti, Jan Schermer
Production Companies: Heretic (Greece), Le Bureau (France), TopKapi Films (The Netherlands), The Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria)
Cast: Melika Foroutan, Shahbaz Noshir, Sofia Kokkali, Argyris Pandazaras, Lena Kitsopoulou, Dimitris Xanthopoulos
Babak, an Iranian student in Greece, doesn’t show up to welcome his visiting parents at the Athens airport. Pari and her older husband, both devout Muslims abroad for the first time, are ill-prepared to search for their son in an intimidating and alien environment. All their attempts to find a clue that might lead them to him prove to be in vain and they soon reach a dead end. But Pari can’t give up looking for him, even when returning to Iran seems like her only choice. Following the steps of her rebellious son in the darkest corners of the city, she will exhaust her inner strength to achieve more than a mother’s search for her missing son.
Siamak Etemadi was born in Tehran, Iran. In 1995, he moved to Athens, Greece, where he lives to this day, holding a dual Iranian-Greek nationality. Siamak studied cinema in Athens and worked extensively as assistant director in various feature films, TV series, and series of documentaries. He has also had occasional work experiences as an actor, both in theatre and cinema. His short film CAVO D’ ORO premiered in Locarno International Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for the Best Short Film in the Greek Film Academy Awards. The movie was theatrically distributed in Greece and enjoyed a successful international festival journey. PARI is his first feature film.
Berlinale –Panorama– 2020, Germany