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Babak Jalali / Feature Narrative / United Kingdom, Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Qatar / 2018 / 100 min / Colour / 35mm
In English
Interests: Drama, Politics, Social Issues
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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The Denetclaws are a Native American family who live on the Prairie Wolf Indian Reservation. News reaches them that Floyd, the youngest son, has died during military service in Afghanistan. The waiting begins to return his body to the reservation to be buried. Wesley, the youngest surviving son, is an alcoholic. His brother’s death doesn’t really hit him, as his only aim during the day is to get hold of some beer. Wesley is in daily contact with the white population who run the liquor stores right outside the reservation. This already uneasy relationship becomes unpleasant when acts of violence break out and Wesley is directly affected. The eldest son, Raymond, is a recovering alcoholic with a wife and two sons. Although he feels a sense of responsibility for his extended family, he seems to feel too emasculated to do anything about the situation they are in, until the troubles that have affected his two brothers force him to stand up and be a man again.

About the Director

Babak Jalali was born in Iran in 1978, and moved to London at a young age. His graduation film, ‘Heydar: An Afghan in Tehran’ (2005), was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Short Film. In 2009, he made his debut feature-length film, ‘Frontier Blues’, with the support of the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation Residency. It had its premiere in the Official Competition at the Festival del Film Locarno, and won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival. His second feature, ‘Radio Dreams’ (2016), won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.


Babak Jalali
Babak Jalali
Ginevra Elkann, Christophe Audeguis, Arnold Heslenfeld, Julio Chavezmontes


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