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Stop-Over

Stop-Over

Original Title: L'Escale
Directors: Kaveh Bakhtiari
France and Switzerland
French, Farsi with English Subtitles
104 min
Docufest

Synopsis:
Learning that his cousin Mohsen has left Iran illegally, filmmaker Kaveh Bakhtiari travels to Athens, a common middle ground for undocumented migrants hoping to reach other European countries. Stop-Over captures the constant tension of these immigrants’ everyday lives in the shadows, where every trip outside a crowded safe house is fraught with the danger of arrest and deportation, in a powerful first-person account of life lived under the radar.

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Producer: Elisa GARBAR, Heinz DILL, Olivier CHARVET, Sophie GERMAIN

Film Format: DCP

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Kaveh Bakhtiari

Biography

Kaveh Bakhtiari was born in Teheran, and grew up in Switzerland, where he moved at the age of 8. After his film studies at ECAL in Lausanne (1999-2003), Bakhtiari first drew attention with his first short film, “The Suitcase” (2007), which was selected for and has won awards in many festivals around the world: Geneva (Award for the best Swiss short film), Regensburg (Audience award), Trieste, Tampere, Edinburg, Sydney, Festroia, CineJove Valence, Ficfa Moncton, Badalona... In 2009, he was nominated for the Sundance Institute-NHK International Filmmaker’s Award. "Stopover", selected for presentation as part of the Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) at the Cannes Festival 2013, is his first feature-length documentary.

Producer: Elisa GARBAR, Heinz DILL, Olivier CHARVET, Sophie GERMAIN

Sponsors
John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation
French Consulate