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Documentary Competition

An Owl, A Garden & The Writer
  • Family/Child
  • Politics
  • Art/Artist
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  • Country/RegionFrance/Switzerland/Iran
  • Production Year2023
  • Running Time83min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor/B&W
Program Note
Director Sara Dolatabadi captured the time she spent with her parents in the family garden on the outskirts of Tehran. On the surface, the film appears to be a family drama, but the fact that Sara’s father is Mahmoud Dolatabadi, the most renowned novelist in Iran, infuses the film with an entirely different texture and atmosphere. Having lived through poverty, imprisonment, revolution, war, political oppression, and censorship in Iran, Mahmoud has a remarkable ability to create a completely fictional world, which was also passed down to his daughter, Sara. An Owl, A Garden & The Writer is a bold and mesmerizing documentary that blurs the boundary between reality and imagination by interlacing dreams, memories, fiction, and letters with the memories she share with her parents. It is a uniquely poetic record of a family’s history and an intimate and imaginative portrait of a great writer/father by his visual artist director/daughter. (KANG Sowon)
Director
Director
Sara DOLATABADI
Sara Dolatabadi is an Iranian multimedia visual artist. After receiving her BFA from Azad Art University in Tehran, she spent the next decade living and working in Tokyo, Paris, and New York. While in New York, she obtained her MFA from Hunter College and directed and produced the short documentary, Summer Light, about her family. She currently resides in Gabon, Africa.
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Credit
Director
Sara DOLATABADI
Producer
Sara DOLATABADI, Farhad MOHAMMADI
Cast
Mahmoud DOWLATABADI, Azar MAHER, Sormeh LAMEK
Editor
Sara DOLATABADI, Afsaneh SALARI, Naghmeh ABBASI
Music
Peyman YAZDANIAN
Executive Producer
Amir NADERI
Production Company
Petit Duc Doc
France 10 RUE DE PENTHIEVRE
Farhadm29@gmail.com
World Sales
Petit Duc Doc
France 10 RUE DE PENTHIEVRE
Farhadm29@gmail.com
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