International Premiere

The Enemies

Local title
Vaenlased
Original title
Doshmanan
Director
Ali Derakhshandeh
Country
Iran
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

The director of this film has worked in film production and directing groups for about twenty years and has also held other jobs related to film. For fifteen years, he has made shorts and documentaries. Considering the extensive experience of Ali Derakhshandeh, it would be impossible that his debut film, based on an excellent script by Bardia Yadegari, could be a failure.

Zoreh is a woman in her 60s, who lives in a big apartment building with her grown-up divorced daughter and elderly mother, in a somewhat tense relationship. Zoreh’s son has gone missing. She runs a small beauty parlour at home and everything is seemingly alright. But then anonymous letters start appearing in the residents’ post boxes. Someone has started to poison Zoreh’s life, to mentally harass her and to expose the hidden parts of her life. Who is it and why and is there any actual substance to the letters?

As is characteristic of a good Iranian film, this modern drama is not a simple piece with just three major keys. Under the smooth story-telling, we have a film of intricate and substantive thought structure. An attentive viewer will doubtlessly notice how the director skilfully uses the arrangement of images to gradually increase the tension and highlight the idea of the film: a sense of internal loneliness and the resulting mental self-punishment familiar to many people, regardless of the fact that they are surrounded by close ones and have a community to identify with.

Mihkel Möölman

Director
Ali Derakhshandeh
Screenwriter
Bardia Yadegari
Cast
Roya Afshar, Masoud Delkhah, Ali Bigham, Neda Jbraeili, Sinoheh Daneshmand
Producer
Majid Barzegar
DoP
Behrouz Badrouj
Editor
Emad Khodabakhsh
Runtime
Director
Ali Derakhshandeh

Ali Derakhshandeh (snd 1984) alustas professionaalset filmikarjääri juba 1999. On olnud lavastaja, programmeerija, produktsioonimänedžer ja teistes ametites enam kui 35 filmi ja telesarja juures. Hetkel õpetab filmiteadust Rahvuslikus filmikoolis Hilajs. „Vaenlased“ on tema esimene täispikk mängufilm.

Screenings

Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening060502 / Vaenlased
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A duration
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Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening075020 / Vaenlased
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening072203 / Vaenlased
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 2 Kino Artis Tallinn
Screening081603 / Vaenlased
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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