The Absence

  • Fateme Zolfaghari Koohi
  • Iran
  • 2019
  • 47 min
  • European Premiere
  • Luminous
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On November 12, 2017, the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, Iran was hit by the worst earthquake the region had seen in more than half a century. At least 630 people were killed, 8,100 were injured, and more than 70,000 lost their homes.

Among them were Azita and her fiancé Sadeq. In the weeks after the disaster, they try to salvage as many of their belongings as possible from the ruins. Not because they are worth much, but because of the memories attached to them and their personal value. They try to work out where their bedroom was and how cupboards have ended up in what’s left of their neighbors’ apartment. They crawl through excavated tunnels, closely followed by the camera, ignoring the danger of collapse. A wedding dress, shoes, photo albums, video tapes, a Koran—each object they retrieve is a piece of their lost life.

Their search brings the couple closer together. Nonetheless, the future remains a black hole, which they keep at a distance by clinging to the ruins of their apartment.

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The Absence (I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All & The Absence)
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Fri 22 November - 20:00 - 21:36
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Mon 25 November - 16:15 - 17:51
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The Absence (I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All & The Absence)
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Tue 26 November - 14:45 - 16:16
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Thu 28 November - 16:45 - 18:11
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Credits

  • 47 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Persian
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Fateme Zolfaghari Koohi
Production
Mahdi Motahar / Kaman Media Production
Cinematography
Fateme Zolfaghari Koohi
Editing
Arsalan Amiri
Sound
Fateme Zolfaghari Koohi, Negin Ahmadi
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IDFA history

2019
European Premiere
Luminous

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