Se rokh

Drei Gesichter
Jafar Panahi
Iran 2018

Das Mullah-Regime hat Jafar Panahi aus dem offziellen iranischen Filmschaffen verbannt, mit 20 Jahren Ausreise- und Interviewverbot belegt. Und nun, nach den kassiberhaften, von introspektiver Reflexion bestimmten Privatfilmen aus dem Hausarrest, ein minimalistisches Roadmovie wie ein subtiler Befreiungsschlag zurück ins Offene, hin zu den Gesichtern der anderen. Unübersehbar auch eine funkelnde Hommage an drei Generationen weiblicher Selbstbehauptung und Kreativität. Ein Suizid-Selfie als raffinierter Hilferuf aus dem patriarchalen Hinterland mag für die Adressaten unverschämt sein, der nach alter Sitte tobende Bruder hingegen ist jetzt schon nur noch eine vorgestrige Figur. (Stephan Settele)


At the beginning of SE ROKH it would seem unthinkable that this could be such a light film. A young woman who wants to study dramaturgy takes the decision of hanging herself and filming it. Actually, this is some sort of audiovisual letter to a renowned TV-series actress. Shocked and dazzled, the actress asks for Panahi’s help, and they travel together to the village where the young woman used to live. They want to know more about her life. Their slow arrival to the frustrated student’s village is a passage into a world known by any cinephile who has watched Panahi’s films and, above all, Kiarostami’s. The zigzagging mountain paths, the intense yellow hues of Iranian meadows, the villagers and their wisecracks begin to take hold of a plot that shows some unexpected turns and one or two surprises. The typical political dimension permeates their journey and there is a transversal reading on the interdictions suffered by women before and after the now long-past Islamic revolution. SE ROKH is also a homage to Kiarostami’s films. The broad panoramic shot taken from Panahi’s car – in which we can see the dirt road and the movement of two characters in it (the closing sequence) – is an undeniable copy of the end of Kiarostami’s AND LIFE GOES ON. (Roger Koza)

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  • Maedeh Erteghaei
  • Narges Delaram
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  • Nader Saeivar
  • Amin Jafari
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  • Leila Naghdi Pari
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