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Director
Atiq Rahimi

Filmography
Selected
2004 Earth and Ashes
2012 Syngue Sabour/The Patience Stone

Biography
A writer and filmmaker, he is a famous representative of Afghan culture in Europe. A Francophile and former student at the Franco-Afghan high school of Kabul, he fled his country in 1984 and was granted asylum by the French state. He received a doctorate in film from the Sorbonne. Director of several documentaries, Rahimi considers cinema to be a universal language, ideal for discussing the situation in his country of origin. He adapted his book, Earth and Ashes, to the cinema himself in 2004. The film was then screened at Cannes and received a glowing reception from the public. Being equally involved in filmmaking and writing, the author published in his native language A Thousand Rooms of Dreams and Fear in 2002, a book of photography entitled Le Retour Imaginaire, and The Patience Stone in 2008.

Main Program

The Patience Stone / Atiq Rahimi

Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war... A beautiful woman in her thirties watches over her husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to a vegitative state because of a bullet in the neck, and not only is he abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, but also by his brothers. One day, the woman starts a solitary confession to her silent husband. She talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams and her desires. She touches him, kisses him, things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for the past 10 years. Therefore, this paralyzed man unconsciously becomes “syngué sabour,” a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when placed in front of a person shields him from unhappiness. In this wait for her husband to come back to life, the woman struggles to survive and live. She finds refuge in her aunt’s place, who is a prostitute, and the only relative who understands her. But after weeks of looking after her husband, she will truly reveal herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier...


Director:Atiq Rahimi
Script:Jean-Claude Carrière based on the book by Atiq Rahimi
Cinematography:Thierry Arbogast
Editing:Hervé de Luze
Music:Max Richter
Art Direction:Delphine De Casanove
Costumes:Malek Jahan Khazai
With:Golshifteh Farahani (woman), Hamid Djavdan (man), Hassina Burgan (aunt), Massi Mrowat (young soldier)
World Sales:Le Pacte, France Camille Neel T. +33 1 4469 5959 F. +33 1 4469 5942 c.neel@le-pacte.com www.le-pacte.com
Distribution in Greece:StraDa Films (Takis Veremis) T. +30 210 959 0120 F. +30 210 958 2216 info@stradaent.gr www.stradafilms.gr
Production Design:Erwin Prib
Producer:Michael Gentile
Production:The Film, Paris T.+33 1 4478 8545 F.+33 1 4478 9500
Production Country:France-Germany-Afghanistan
Co-production:Studio 37 (France) & Corniche Group & Razor Film (Germany) & Arte (France) & Jahan-E-Honar Productions (Afghanistan)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:98'
Production Year:2012
Please be aware, that the film will be screened with Greek subtitles only. There will be no English subtitles.
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 20:30 | ID:415
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 22:30 | ID:856
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