North American Premiere
Introspective and subtle, No Prior Appointment tells the story of an Iranian immigrant who, after 30 years, is compelled to return to her home country upon learning of her estranged father’s death. She hastily takes leave from her work as a doctor in Germany, bringing her young autistic son with her. Director Behrooz Shoaibi explores the ideas of return, leftover threads of memory of a land, and the sense of self that was once left behind. With nuanced grace, the film explores the longing for homeland, the questions of belonging, and the strange sense of homecoming upon return to the country of your childhood.
Pegah Ahangarani leads the film with her steady presence. Filled with fascinating, warm characters, No Prior Appointment provides a vibrant glimpse of Iran. Chosen by the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO as film of the year for its portrayal of autism, and nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay at the 2022 Fajr Film Festival.
Saturday October 08
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A Piece of Sky
In a remote alpine village, Anna, a young mother, falls in love with Marco, a strong and silent farmhand. After they get married, Marco’s behaviour grows erratic, leading up to a transgression that threatens to tear their family apart.
In the Dominican Republic, Yarisa works as a maid and a nanny for a wealthy, powerful family. When she suffers a personal tragedy, she must re-evaluate the last two decades of her life and her relationship with the family to whom she has given so much.
High in the Bolivian Andes, a llama farmer confronts his own mortality and the impending demise of an ancient way of life in this visually expressive, strikingly authentic Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner.
A Woman Escapes
From the window of a Parisian apartment willed to her by a late friend, a young woman begins a series of video correspondences with two filmmakers to process her grief. A collaborative meditation on the vital role of community in healing.
Yamada, an ex-con dealing with the sudden death of his estranged father, makes a fresh start by moving to a small fishing village, and into an old apartment building populated by a group of quirky misfits. Based on director Naoko Ogigami's own 2019 novel.
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Like a Fish on the Moon
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The Novelist's Film
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Queens of the Qing Dynasty
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A Matter of Trust
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David Ondříček's thoroughly winning biopic tells the story of the legendary long distance runner Emil Zátopek, still the only man to have won Olympic gold medals in the 5000m, 10,000m, and the marathon in the same year (1952).
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The Blue Caftan
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No Prior Appointment
An Iranian doctor returns to her home country after 30 years upon learning of her estranged father's death, bringing her young autistic son with her. Nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Screenplay at the 2022 Fajr Film Festival.
Veering away from the standard biopic, Paolo Taviani's latest film follows the ashes of celebrated Italian writer Luigi Pirandello on their journey back to Sicily, then ends with a blunt adaptation of one of his short stories.
Once Upon a Time in Calcutta
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Based on a true story, Cioma Schönhaus, a young Jewish man living in 1942 Berlin, forges passports for Jewish people to escape the country. Instead of hiding, he impersonates military personnel so he can live life, risking discovery by the Gestapo.
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Farhad Tohidi, Mehdi Torab Beigi
Masoud Sekhavat Doust
Born in 1979 in Mashhad, Behrooz Shoaibi has been active in different fields of cinema. As an actor, he started his career with Ebrahim Hatamikia’s The Glass Agency (1998) and gained critical and public attention with Homayoun Asadian’s Gold and Copper (2010). His TV movies and series include The Sloe Garden (2005), Wings of Happiness (2008), Abandoned (2009), Somewhere Between Staying and Going (2010), and Secluded (2014). His debut feature film, The Corridor, was nominated for Best Film at the 2013 Fajr International Film Festival.
Filmography: The Corridor (2013); Cyanide (2016); Axing (2017); The Uprising Day (2019)