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|Shahid Saless, Sohrab
Date of birth
28 June 1944, Ghazvin, Iran
Director | Writer |
Selected filmography of
Shahid Saless, Sohrab
Sohrab Shahid Saless (June 28th, 1944 - July 2nd,
Born in 1944 in Iran, Sohrab Shahid Saless
began his training as a filmmaker at the School of Film and Television in
Vienna; he finished his film studies at IDHEC in Paris.
He made more
than 20 shorts and documentaries in Iran before making his first feature, A Simple
Event, in 1973.
Shot in ten days on a budget of approximately
$40,000, A Simple
Event won the Grand Prize at the Second Teheran Film Festival, and confirmed
Saless as one of the leading talents in the New Iranian Cinema of the early
“A Simple Event has no plot. It
is only a report on the daily life of a boy.”
His second Iranian
Life, is considered a classic, and has been shown several times at PFA.
After a third film in Iran, Quarantine, Saless moved his filmmaking base to
Berlin, where he made Far From Home (In Der Fremde, 1975), Time Of Maturing
(Reifezeit, 1976), and Diary Of A Lover (Tagebuch Eines Liebenden, 1977) - all
critical successes featured at many international festivals.
first feature, A Simple
Event, Donald Ranvaud has written in the British journal
"This remarkable first work portrayed the life of a
twelve-year-old boy, the son of a fisherman without a license and a rich mother,
at the mercy of extreme poverty and despair.
The boy's days are all the
same: he goes to school and returns home running to collect the father's catch,
sell it at the market, and bring the money to the bar, enshrined in soft focus,
where the parent is drinking his thoughts away quietly.
Day in, day out,
the boy runs through existence with the smile of tranquil resignation on his
face, until the 'simple event' - the mother's death - begins to take shape."
etefagh-e sadeh (A Simple Event)
bijan (Still Life)
Ghorbat (Far from Home)
1976 Tagebuch eines Liebenden (Diary of a
1979 Die Langen Ferien der Lotte H. Eisner
1981 Anton P. Cechov - Ein Leben (TV)
1985 Hans - Ein Junge in Deutschland (TV)
1991 Rosen für Afrika (TV)
The Willow Tree - Der Weidenbaum (1984)
Addressee Unknown - EMPFÄNGER UNBEKANNT (1983)
Order - Ordnung (1980)
Far from Home - Dar Ghorbat - In der Fremde (1975)
Still Life - Tabiate bijan (1974)
A Simple Event - Yek Etefagh-e Saade (1973)
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