International Competition

Fireflies

Bani Khoshnoudi | 87min | Mexiko, USA, Grekland, Dominikanska republiken

  • År: 2018
  • Språk: Engelska, Spanska
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Originaltitel: Luciérnagas
  • Nordisk Premiär

Prisbelönta filmaren Bani Khoshnoudi (Ziba GFF 2013) återvänder till Göteborg med ett drabbande migrationsdrama om kärlek, sexualitet och överlevnad.

På grund av det sexuella och våldsamma förtryck som den unga iraniern Ramin utsätts för i sitt hemland bestämmer han sig för att ge sig av. Men han kliver på fel fraktfartyg och hamnar av misstag i den kaotiska hamnstaden Veracruz i Mexiko. Utan pengar och utan att kunna språket tvingas han att konstant kämpa mot kulturkrockar och andra svårigheter han möter. Skuldkänslor och outhärdlig längtan efter nära och kära ökar hans förtvivlan – men att ge upp är inget alternativ. Fireflies är en oerhört stark och vacker berättelse om kärlek, sexualitet, frihet, migration och – framför allt – överlevnad. Till varje pris.

- Clarice Goulart

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Bani Khoshnoudi

Regissör: Bani Khoshnoudi

Bani Khoshnoudi was born in Tehran in 1977, and moved to the United States during the revolution in 1979. She is a filmmaker, visual artist and writer whose approach to film comes from a background in photography & architecture and often deals with themes related to revolution and modernity and its impact on memory, exile and migration.

I wanted to make a film that reflects the current globalized situation of the exile; a story that works as a moment of passage and transit, through a place that represents this very thing. Veracruz, a port city that once lived another life of luxury and vibrant culture, is now a series of ruins that slowly oxidize and crumble while life moves at its calm, tropical rhythm. It is here, in this port once visited and transited by slaves brought over during colonial times, by Lebanese emigrants in the late 19th century, and by Spanish exiles fleeing the civil war, that Ramin, our character has landed. He never thought to be catapulted into a place so different than him and his past, yet finds here a sort of anonymity that can help him move past his nostalgia and his melancholy, which ultimately keep him suspended and attached to his life back in Iran. As the days go by, he builds friendships and desire with those who surround him, although constantly reminded that his situation is transitory. The crossing of paths, the sharing of tiny moments, within this unique and rich context of Veracruz, is how I wanted to portray these “fireflies” who make light individually and together, communicating in the night and seeking closeness, yet never managing to touch.

Producent:
Elsa Reyes, Bani Khoshnoudi
Manusförfattare:
Bani Khoshnoudi
Fotograf:
Benjamín Echazarreta
Klippare:
Miguel Schverdfinger, Gil González Penilla
Medverkande:
Arash Marandi, Edwarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti, Eligio Mele?ndez, Ishbel Mata, Eduardo Mendiza?bal, Uriel Ledezma.
Kontakt:
FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com
Regissörens filmografi:
  • 2016 Transits: Our traces, our ruin, Feature; 2014 The Silent Majority Speaks, Doc; 2012 Ziba, Feature; 2008 A People in the Shadows, Doc; 2005 Transit, Short.
Originaltitel:
Luciérnagas
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