Sepideh Farsi

France, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, 2019 / 90 min / Greek, English & Arabic OV with French subt. / drama

Luxembourgish Premiere

The brief but intense encounter of a Greek police officer and a Syrian refugee changes the way the two see this world.

Maria is a Greek police officer, single mom and only child. She juggles between her money problems, her teenage daughter and her old mother amidst the financial crisis in her country. When the police station she is working at is being closed, she has to accept a new job on the island of Lesbos, far away in the Aegean Sea, and leave her daughter behind in Athens. At her new posting in a refugee camp on the island, her path crosses the one of Yussof, a young Syrian rebel who fled his war-ridden country to avoid being obliged to kill, now hoping for a new life in Europe. But Yussof comes to realise that Greece isn’t the safe haven he made it out to be. As the two get to know each other, they come to realise that they share a traumatising secret they both feel guilty for. Their encounter will be brief but intense, and change the way they see this world.

Fri 06/03 20:30 Ciné Utopia GR, EN & Arabic OV with FR subt. Avant-première
Cast & Credits
Marisha Triantafyllidou, Hanna Issa, Lydia Fotopoulou, Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Vassilis Koukalani
Sepideh Farsi, Youla Boudali
Pantelis Mantzanas
Gerben Kokmeijer
Spyros Laskaris
Erik Truffaz
Ciné Sud Promotion, Pan Entertainment, Tarantula Luxembourg, Volya Films

Born in Tehran, Iran, Sepideh Farsi moved to Paris in 1984 to study mathematics, but soon drifted towards cinema. After several years of photography, she started directing several short films, before shooting her first documentary, Homi D. Sethna, Filmmaker (2000) which won several awards. Followed by Harat (2007) and Tehran Without Permission (2009) that both premiered in Locarno. Her first two features Dreams of Dust (2003) and The Gaze (2006) premiered in Rotterdam. She then directed The House Under the Water (2010), followed by Red Rose (2014), premiering at Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, followed by Despo, Labros, Spyridoula & Papandreou (2015), a vibrant portrait of contemporary Greece. Her last documentary 7 Veils (2017) won the French Competition’s Grand Prix at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film.

  • 2019 – Demain, je traverse
  • 2017 – 7 voiles (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2015 – Despo, Labros, Spiridoula ke Papandreou (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2014 – Red Rose
  • 2012 – Sinefiasmeni Ellada (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2010 – La Maison sous l’eau
  • 2009 – Téhéran sans autorisation (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2007 – Harat
  • 2006 – Le Regard
  • 2003 – Rêves de sable
  • 2003 – Le Voyage de Maryam
  • 2000 – Homi D. Sethna, Filmmaker (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 1998 – Le Monde est ma maison (court-métrage documentaire / doucmentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 1996 – Rêves d’eau (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1993 – Le Vent du nord (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)