LAT18 Oblivion Verses13th November, 2018
The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raids the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial with the help of a mystic gravedigger who collects stories of the dead, an old woman searching for her long-lost daughter, and a hearse driver tormented by his past.
Official Selection of the 2017 Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival and the winner of Best Screenplay, FIPRISCI and Interfilm Awards at Venice; Oblivion Verses from director Alireza Khatami blends the political and the personal in a magical-realist tale about one man’s quest to right the wrongs of humanity.
WINNER: Best Screenplay, FIPRESCI Prize (Best Debut), Interfilm Award (Best Film), Venice Horizons Award (Best Screenplay), Venice Film Festival 2017
WINNER: Best Film, Guanajuato International Film Festival 2018
NOMINATED: New Talent Grand PIX, CPH:PIX 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto International Film Festival 2017
“An immersive, evocative pleasure.” – Variety