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QARANTINA

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QARANTINA

Director: Oday Rasheed
Iraq   |   2010   |   90 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis A broken family under an incestuous patriarch lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated Baghdad house. The pregnant daughter has fallen silent, finding some protection from the patriarch’s young second wife and his preteen son. Meanwhile, hard up for money, the household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a contract killer. In such a house, though, it may be that freedom and safety actually lie beyond the gates. Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed’s second feature gorgeously captures contemporary Baghdad’s moody interior and stunned atmosphere, echoed in performances by a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe.


About the Director Oday Rasheed was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1973. He founded the production company Enlil Film and Arts and co-founded the Iraqi Independent Film Centre, an educational center in Baghdad for young filmmakers. His first feature film, Underexposure, received the Best Film Award at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2005, the Golden Hawk Award at the Arab Film Festival Rotterdam in 2005 and the Best Script Award at the Oran International Arab Film Festival in 2007. Qarantina is his second feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2012 film series.



CAST

Hitman - Asaad Abudel Majeed
Kerima - Alaa Najem
Salih - Hattam Auda
Taleb - Hayder Munather
Meriam - Rawan Abdullah
Muhanad - Sajad Ali

CREW

Director - Oday Rasheed
Writer - Oday Rasheed
Executive Producers - Nabil Taha, Amar Rasheed
Producers - Shafiq Al-Mahdi, Furat al Jamil
Co-Producers - Ansgar Frerich, Florian Beck, Tobias Siebert, Uwe Kiefer
Director of Photography - Osama Rasheed
Editor - Salwan Kamil
Sound - Sabah Majeed
Music - Dureed Al-Khafaji
REVIEWS

“Clearly, the film intends to hold up a mirror to Iraqi society at large, but its metaphoric quality is really the least interesting thing about it. More intriguing are the realistic glimpses of life outside the house, where director Rasheed is adept at conveying the anguishing atmosphere of occupied Baghdad...The on-target cast is a taciturn, sensitive lot, well directed by Rasheed in a measured, theatrical way. Of particular note is Osama Rasheed’s discreet cinematography, which wraps the film in an atmosphere of lost grandeur and melancholy, empty rooms.” – Hollywood Reporter

“The entire film is suffused with an aura of waiting, furthering a strong impression that the characters' inability to move on is indicative of Iraq as a whole. Thankfully, the helmer avoids pushing the symbolism into something abstract, even when it becomes clear the home where most of the action takes place is a microcosm of the country...Where so much coming out of Iraq ends on a note of gloom, "Qarantina" offers hope of escape not from the country, but from the cycle of violence.” – Variety

“Rasheed’s look at this post-Iraq-war family slowly juxtaposes suffering with unexpected flashes of loveliness in order to show what the long war has done to his people.” – Seattle International Film Festival

“In Qarantina, Rasheed’s chronicle of daily survival delves into the intimacy of a family and a house. In many ways, they are a fragmented reflection of Iraq as it negotiates its post-war and post-occupation trauma.” -- Rasha Salti, Abu Dhabi Film Festival

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
Hubert Bals Fund, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
Official Selection; New Horizons Afaq Jadida Competition, ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL
Special Jury Award, ORAN INTERNATIONAL ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
In Competition, WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL

2011
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
GULF FILM FESTIVAL
MUNICH FILM FEST

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