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Guests: Hossein Pourseifi, director; Katrin Röver, cast; Reza Brojerdi, cast; Mohammad Farokhmanesh, producer; Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, cast; Patrick Orth, Crew

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Tomorrow We Are Free

Homme oleme vabad
Morgen Sind Wir Frei

First Feature Competition

Germany
2019, 96 min

Dir: Hossein Pourseifi
Prod: Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger, Armin Hofmann
Scr: Hossein Pourseifi
DoP: Patrick Orth
Music: Ali N. Askin
Cast: Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, Reza Brojerdi, Katrin Röver, Luzie Nadjafi, Morteza Tavakoli
Production: Little Dream Entertainment
Language: German, Persian, English

Synopsis

Iran February, 1979. The Islamic Revolution is shaking up the country.  Dissident Omid (Reza Brojerdi), who lived for several years in the GDR wis his wife, chemical engineer Beate (Katrin Römer) and their mutual daughter, hears the call from his homeland and returns to Teheran with high hopes and best intentions, bringing along his family. Driven by the desire to create a free and equal society, Omid and his comrades fight against violence and religious doctrines that gradually turn the country into a ruthless theocracy. With every day passing the situation becomes more unbearable and daneraous, from litte changes in the relationship between man and woman to a final big shift burying all hope for a freer situation. Existential decisions have to be made …

Hossein Pourseifi wrote the screenplay based on real events. The director himself, born 1976, moved from Iran to Germany when we was nine years old and tells his story with pressing urgency and deep emotions: A timely story about the ever-urgent fight for freedom in personal life and democracy on a societal level, Pourseifi moulds western and eastern sensibilities and a sense for bot intimate situations and big images into a truly global story.



Christoph Gröner

Director

Hossein Pourseifi (b. 1976) in Iran, Pourseifi emigrated to Germany with his family in the 1980s. First film experience in 1994 with the short film “Punched & Punished”, which he co-wrote and co-directed. During a 7-year stay in the USA where he studied Engineering & Technical Communication, he wrote and directed the short crime thriller “The Big Game” (2001). After his return to Germany in 2002, he continued his film work with several short films, among them the comedy “A Woman’s Fear of The Offside Rule”. In 2011 he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Writer’s Workshop Babelsberg 2011-2012. From 2012 to 2013, he took part in the Writing Workshop of the International Film School Cologne (ifs) where he developed the script for “Tomorrow We Are Free”.

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