The last day in the life of Sadegh Hedayat, an Iranian writer in Paris, who studied existential philosophy with Jean-Paul Sartre in the 1940’s and committed suicide in 1951. Projected on three screens that resemble the walls of a room, and also the parallel narratives of Hedayat’s mind, the film recounts through imagery Hedayat’s last day and night.
Length: 15 minutes
Premiere: North American
Ghasem Ebrahimian is an Iranian born filmmaker living in New York City. In 1980 he co-founded Ebrafilms, which produced over 40 documentaries for RAI-Italian and French television, including works on Simone de Beauvoir, Richard Burton and Margaret Yourcenar. His film The Suitors was an official selection at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival-Directors’ Fortnight. It was theatrically released in the U.S. by First Run Features and was shown on U.K.’s Channel 4 and Germany’s WDR. He has written a number of screenplays and has collaborated with such writers as Donald E. Westlake (Absolute Faith, 1994-5) and Hubert Selby Jr. (A Soldier of Fortune, 1990). The Sacred and the Absurd premiered in London at the the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2004.