The first of the two Iranian films in the Orizzonti section is a black-and-white feature set in a rundown brick factory located in the middle of a nowhere and run by a boss who is not paying his employees, consisting of a submissive team leader in charge of workers split by ethnic and religious divides. This non-mechanized brick factory is an important source of income for the local community made up of families belonging to different ethnic groups. Forty-year-old Lotfollah is employed there as a submissive team leader and only mediator between the factory’s workers and the owner, who settles all their disputes but is hardly prone to any act of kindness.
AHMAD BAHRAMI (Iran, 1972) is an Iranian filmmaker. After participating in Abbas Kiarostami’s Filmmaking Workshop in Iran in 2010, he made his directorial debut in 2017 with the feature film PANAH. In this film, set in heart of the Iranian desert, the life of a small village is entirely dependent on the main character, a judicious young boy who is always willing to help others but is also full of doubts and questions about his future.