Summer with Hope
Sadaf FOROUGHI Canada, Iran 100 mins PG Asian Premiere
A mishap days before a swim meet threatens to quash a mother and son’s hope for liberty in this Kafkaesque modern tragedy.
Unruly teenager Omid has to win a swimming competition—not just for himself but also for his mother Leili, whose freedom from his estranged father is contingent on Omid’s performance. When plans go awry, what is thought to be a beacon of hope soon turns into a snare that Omid must find ways to elude. As the struggle to stay the course is met with indifference and judgement from the community, the family begins to disintegrate.
A microcosm of modern Iran, Summer with Hope examines how newfound liberty is negotiated against the reins of patriarchy. Arresting scenes of rustic life on the Caspian coast imbue the film with disquieting stillness that threatens to muffle resistance and veil violence.
Sadaf FOROUGHI is an Iranian-Canadian filmmaker who works across film, documentary and video art. Her works are often concerned with children and women in relation to the family unit and society. Premiering at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival where it won the top prize, Summer with Hope is her second feature after Ava (2017).
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