Spring Grants 2017 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
In an Iranian culture that operates within strict social mores, Sara, a university student, and her boyfriend Hamed allow their youthful naïveté to get the best of them. Unexpectedly, Sara is injured and in need of surgery – but because the young couple have a secret to hide, none of the hospitals, whether public or private, that they visit will give Sara any more than the most rudimentary of help. As the night wears on, Sara’s medical requirements become more urgent, solutions become increasingly far-fetched, and the pair’s relationship teeters on the brink of collapse.
As the troubled couple at the centre of the film, first-time actors Sadaf Asgari and Amir Reza Ranjbaran shine in remarkably natural performances that capture all the awkwardness of early adulthood – somewhere between bewilderment and indignation – when faced with perhaps unfair social regulation. While director Ali Asgari’s film criticises to some extent the highly regimented and perhaps invasive nature of the Iranian state, it rather more pointedly questions the lack of compassion of individuals who hold authority within the system – whether they are following the rules or exploiting the need to break them. ‘Disappearance’ is an exploration of what hangs in the balance if bleakness overpowers hope.
- Ali Asgari
- Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari
- Pouria Heidary Oureh, Ali Sadraei
About the Director
Ali Asgari is an Iranian filmmaker who studied cinema in Italy. 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 Festival de Cannes, and both screened at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha, while ‘The Baby’ competed at the Venice Film Festival 2014. His films have been screened at more than 500 festivals around the world, and have won more than 100 awards. Currently, Asgari is working on his first feature-length film, ‘Disappearance’, which was developed at the Cinéfondation Residence, under the umbrella of the Festival de Cannes.
Production Company Profile
Three Gardens Film is a young Tehran-based production company owned by Pouria Heidary Oureh, who is also a filmmaker. The company started its activity by producing independent short and feature-length films and has to date produced three feature-length and three short films, all of which have seen success on the festival circuit. In association with Sana Sound Studio, Three Gardens Sound Studio has provided sound design, editing and mix for a number of films and television series. Three Gardens has also provided technical support, professional cameras and film equipment to more than 100 projects in Iran.
Awards and Festival History
Venice IFF 2017, Orizzonti (WP)
TIFF 2017, Discovery