ZEIT DES ABSCHIEDS

V' 06

ZEIT DES ABSCHIEDS

TIME OF CLOSURE

Mehdi Sahebi
CH, 2006
Documentaries, 63min, dOmeU

ZEIT DES ABSCHIEDS

Mehdi Sahebi
CH, 2006
Documentaries, 63min, dOmeU

Screenplay: 
Mehdi Sahebi
Sound: 
Mehdi Sahebi
Camera: 
Mehdi Sahebi
Editor: 
Aya Domenig
Mehdi Sahebi
Composer: 
Daniel Hobi

Production: 
Cineworx Filmproduktion Gerbergasse 30 4001 Basel, Schweiz T 61 261 63 70 info@cineworx.ch
World Sales: 
Deckert Distribution Peterssteinweg 13 04107 Leipzig, Deutschland T 341 215 66 38 info@deckert-distribution.com
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen Mariahilfer Straße 58/7 1070 Wien T 1 523 43 620 office@filmladen.at
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

Mehdi Sahebi's latest documentary opens with Giuseppe Tommasi's sardonic ques-tion: «So, I'm ready to die. Shall we continue?» Giusi, terminally ill, knows that the cancer pervading his body means he has little time left. The film made by his friend Mehdi Sahebi is thus both a farewell letter and an opportunity to make a dignified exit. The camera films Guisi in close-up, his ruffled black hair, his sparkling eyes, his body ever more exhausted by the tubes and valves which feed him medicine, sedatives and sometimes methadone. Despite the upsetting aspects of Giusi's future-less present, the lighter sequences in the documentary have a cathartic function. Guisi does not want to die as a junkie, but as a father, or at least as a citizen. He will die on camera, as a human being.