Two young lovers discover the meaning of bureaucratic terror in this suspenseful and expertly crafted debut by Ali Asgari.
Sara and Hamed wander into the emergency department of a hospital, seeking medical aid after realising Sara is hurt. However, they are bound by a secret which cannot be discovered under any circumstances by the adults who are handling their situation. They soon realise the implications of this unfortunate mishap as they drive through the unforgiving night to solve their predicament.
Tightly woven and gripping, director Ali Asgari lets the drama unfurl in an almost noir-like setting, drawing uneasiness with every step the couple takes. Sadaf Asgari and Amir Reza Ranjbaran as the young lead protagonists are quietly expressive, navigating between shock to despair and resignation with understated grace. Pitting youthful naivete against the oppression of country and society, Disappearance is a confident debut befitting its nomination in the Horizons Competition at the Venice Film Festival 2017.
Cast & Credits
Born in Tehran, Ali Asgari is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. His short films More than Two Hours (2013) and The Silence (2016) were both in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Disappearance, is selected for competition at various other festivals, including Zurich and New York.
Pouria Heidary Oureh, Ali Sadraie
Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi
Sadaf Asgari, Amir Reza Ranjbaran
• In-competition, Venice Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, Zurich Film Festival 2017
• In-competition, Hamptons International Film Festival 2017