Nobody Dies Here

Original title: Inja kassi nemimirad
International title: Nobody Dies Here

*  Houman Seyedi…………..Ashkân
*  Reza Behboudi……………Ghassem
*  Bahar Katouzi…………….Rojin
*  Mehdi Hosseininia……..Juan

Director: Hossein Kondori
Screenplay: Bahar Katouzi
Director of Photography: Hossein Kondori
Editing: Babak Ghaem
Music: Mehdi Panahi
Sound Mixer: Mahmoud Mousavinejad
Sound Recorder: Ali Gerakouei
Set Designer: Amirhossein Davani
Costume Designer: Neda Nasr
Make-Up: Mohammad Ghomi
Production Manager: Sina Saeedian

Producers: Sina Saeedian & Abbas Rafei

Shooting format: 4K
Screening format: DCP 2K
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Ratio: 1:2.55 (scope)
Original version: Persian
Subtitled in: English
Running Time: 78 min
Year: 2016

Fiction – Colour – 78 min – 2016 – Iran.

Ashkân, a young conscript, is sent to a far distant frontier where he lives alone to complete his military service.
Fearing solitude he wanders to and fro and meets a young woman, Rojin, who apparently  lives alone in the same area and is also seeking human contact.
Little by little as their relationship with develops, Rojin’s often contradictory behaviour leads Ashkân to question whether she really exists or is just a figment of the hallucinations from which he previously suffered.
Ashkân is thus beset by an inner conflict in which reality and illusion oppose one another.

In French
Ashkân, un jeune appelé, est envoyé sur une lointaine frontière où il va rester seul pour effectuer le reste de son service militaire.
Il craint particulièrement la solitude et errant de ci de là il rencontre une jeune femme qui vit apparemment elle aussi seule dans le secteur.
Cette dernière est également en recherche de contacts. Au fur et à mesure de leur relation, le comportement souvent contradictoire de cette femme, Rojin, fait naître chez lui un doute quand à son existence même et il se demande s’il n’est pas encore le jouet d’ hallucinations dont il sait avoir souffert dans le passé.
Ainsi se développe chez Ashkân un conflit intérieur dans lequel s’opposent réalités et illusions.


Director’s statement:
It’s always been my aim to make a movie about loneliness and its effects on people. However, it’s not always possible to show these effects in movies with a leitmotif of suspense as they can easily be sidelined.
I wanted to make a movie about the inner pain caused by loneliness and  found it much easier to do so by means of a character whose mental state only accentuated it.
It may be considered uninteresting to penetrate the mental labyrinth of someone with psychological  problems without keeping to a perceptible storyline. Such was the style that Boileau-Narcejac employed to portray their psychotic characters. Yet it is truly a lonely world that the mentally disordered inhabit every day.
Despite the lack of an entertaining story if, in the real world, one single person reaches out to the lonely after having watched this movie, I will have achieved my goal.

*-15th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF), Bangladesh. January 12-20, 2017. « Cinema of the World »
*-Edinburgh Iranian Festival, ‘Film Season’, UK. February 2017. ‘Non Competitive Festival’
Screening date: February 14, 2017.
*-25th Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Toronto, Canada. November 3-11, 2017.
*-First Guwahati International Film Festival, India. October 28-November 2, 2017.