Filmtage Augsburg `03

Michael Moore
Kinderfilmfest 2003
Bilder d. Eröffung
Der goldene Spatz
Tage des unabh. Films
Alle Filme: A-Z
In America
Fokus Iran
Wettbewerb 1
Wettbewerb 2
Wettbewerb 3
Wettbewerb 4
Wettbewerb 5
Kino von Morgen
Filmtage 2002
Die Autovermietung Hertz-Straub
Denim Air
Mobility by Werner Ziegelmeier GmbH

Filmtage Augsburg 2003

17. Tage des unabhängigen Films/
Days of Independent Film:
24. November - 30. November 2003

Focus Iran:
Chaneh-je ru-je ab
Das auf Wasser gebaute Haus
A House Built on Water

Sa, 29.11. - 19.30 Uhr im Thalia

Ein achtjähriger Junge liegt im Koma und rezitiert fehlerfrei den Koran. Eine Frau verschweigt ihrem Bräutigam, dass sie Aids hat. Schwarz gekleidete Männer schreiten zur Tat, die an die Auftragsmorde an iranischen Intellektuellen erinnert. Eine alte Frau spinnt und webt wie die nordischen Schicksalsgöttinnen die Fäden der Vorbestimmung. Gefangen im Netz der Ereignisse ist der wohlhabende Gynäkologe Resa Sepidbacht, der sich mit Frauenbekanntschaften und Alkohol über Wasser zu halten versucht. Angetrunken überfährt er nachts einen Engel und verbrennt sich bei dessen Rettung die Hand. Die Wunde wird nicht heilen. Der zweite Spielfilm von Bahman Farmanara nach dessen Rückkehr in den Iran zeichnet ein packendes Bild einer Gesellschaft im kollektiven Koma.

Robert Richter © 2003

Anmerkung des Filmautors

" Leben ohne Hoffnung ist wie ein Haus auf Wasser bauen." Bahman Farmanara

Bahman Farmanara
Bahman Farmanara, geboren 1942 in Teheran, absolvierte die London School of Music and Dramatic Arts, arbeitete für verschiedene Filmzeitschriften und kehrte 1966 in den Iran zurück. Dort arbeitete er zunächst für die iranische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft. 1971 drehte er seinen ersten Kurzfilm „Nourus und Kaviar“ und 1972 seinen Erstlingsspielfilm „Das Haus von Qamar Chanum“, das Remake einer der populärsten iranischen Fernsehserien. Ein Jahr später wurde er Direktor der Film Industry Corporation of Iran. Es folgten die Spielfilme „Prinz Ehtedschab“ (1974) und „Die langen Schatten des Windes“ (1979), beide nach Romanen von Huschang Golschiri. 1980 verliess Farmanara den Iran und liess sich nach einem Aufenthalt in Frankreich in Kanada nieder, wo er 1984 den Cinema Circle of Canada gründete. 1994, nach seiner Rückkehr in den Iran, nahm er am Tehran College of Cinema and Theatre eine Lehrtätigkeit auf. 2000 stellte er „Kampfergeruch, Jasminparfüm“ fertig, für den Farmanara am Internationalen Fadschr Filmfestival Teheran zahlreiche Preise und am Montreal Weltfilmfestival den Spezialpreis der Jury erhielt. 2002 folgte „Das auf Wasser gebaute Haus“, der am Teheraner Fadschr Filmfestival mit dem Goldenen Simorgh, dem Hauptpreis, ausgezeichnet wurde.


>> English

An eight-year-old Hafiz of all Qoran goes into a coma, while reciting Qoran. A very successful gynecologist, Dr. Sepidbakht, runs over an angel, while driving under the influence of alcohol. He does not believe in anything and his life is in free fall. A young girl who is about to marry, discovers that she has Aids, and decides not to tell the groom. A group of unknown men pursue the doctor to take revenge. They are in a coma of hate. “The House Built on Water” is the story of a society in a collective coma.

Director’s Statement

“Living without a hope is something like a house built on water.” Bahman Farmanara

Bahman Farmanara
Bahman Farmanara was born in Tehran in 1942. After graduation from London School of Music and Dramatic Arts and USC (film) and collaboration with film magazines, he returned to Iran in 1966 and began his cooperation with newspapers and National Iranian Radio and Television. Then he wrote and directed his first short film, “Norouz and Caviar” (1971). In 1972, he made his debut feature “The House of Qamar Khanom”, a remake of one of the most popular national TV series. One year later, he started to work as director of The Film Industry Corporation of Iran. Meanwhile, he directed “Prince Ehtejab” (1974) and “Tall Shadows of the Wind” (1979), two adaptations from Houshang Golshiri's outstanding novels. In 1980, he moved to France and one year later, he immigrated to Canada. There, he founded a Children Film Festival in Vancouver and set up The Cinema Circle of Canada in 1984. Returning to Iran, he began teaching at Tehran College of Cinema and Theatre in 1994. In 2000, he made “Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine” which won eight awards at the 18th Tehran Fajr International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 24th Montreal World Film Festival. In 2002 he presented “The House Built on Water” which won the Golden Simorgh at the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival 2002.

A House Built on Water

Regie und Drehbuch: Bahman Farmanara
Kamera: Mahmoud Kalari
Musik: Ahmad Pezhman
Schnitt: Abbas Ganjavi
Darsteller: Es’satolah Entesami, Bita Farahi, Behnas Dschafari, Resa Kianian, Dschamschid Maschajechi, Hedjeh Tehrani
Produktion: Soheila Dschanghdschu, Larisa Farmanara
Iran 2002, 107 Min., Hauptpreis des Internationalen Filmfestivals Teheran 2002.

A House Built on Water

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The fact that the film's weary hero, Dr. Reza Sepidbakht, is a gynecologist in a world where women are obliged to hide every feminine attribute sets up the battle lines of hypocrisy vs. cynical reality. He lives alone with the servants in a mansion out of "Dallas," barely conscious of his wife and children living in the U.S. and insensitive to his aged father's unhappiness in a rest home. Surrounded by miffed nurses and secretaries who are his cast-off lovers, Reza spends drunken nights with call girls. Then one night, he runs over an "angel." Touching the creature, he burns his hand with a wound that will not heal. This, and the recurring image of an old woman weaving together the threads of destiny, serve as reminders that there's more to life than sex and money.

In the hospital, Reza is strangely moved by an 8-year-old boy who has become a media phenomenon because he's able to recite the Koran by heart. He's in a coma and his greedy family is desperate with fear that they won't be able to exploit him anymore. Almost simultaneously, Reza's teenage son Mani (Mehdi Safavi) turns up for a visit. But he is arrested at the airport for carrying heroin, plunging Reza into a nightmare in which he is called on to express love and responsibility.

Offshore, its very modernity and sophistication may reduce its curiosity value for markets attuned to Iranian exoticism and simplicity. Reaching for poetry and mysterious depths, Farmanara's elusive narrative stumbles over thriller elements that lower the tone. Reza's evil secretary, whom he foolishly trusts, informs someone of his every move. When his antagonists are finally visualized, they're dressed like hit men from "Mission: Impossible." Pic opts for a surreal, confused, mystical finale that feels more like wish fulfilment on Reza's part than his spiritual rescue.

Deborah Young, Variety

A House Built on Water

Director and screenplay: Bahman Farmanara
Director of Photography: Mahmoud Kalari
Music: Ahmad Pezhman
Editing: Abbas Ganjavi
Cast: Ezzatolah Entezami, Bita Farahi, Behnaz Jafari, Reza Kianian, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Hedyeh Tehrani
Producers: Soheyla Janghjoo, Larisa Farmanara
Iran 2002, 107 min., Crystal Simorgh for Best Film at the Tehran Film Festival 2002.


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