Paris-Tehran. Forced to leave Tehran after the controversial elections in 2009, 24-year-old Anahita desperately relies on her laptop and smartphone to stay connected to the friends shaping the revolutionary movement in her homeland. Captivated by Anahita's urgency and sense of purpose, Rachid—a young French-Algerian bellhop at her luxury Parisian hotel—tries to impress her with videos of his improvisational, parkour-style dance moves on YouTube. Secretly envious of his laissez-faire ways, Anahita dismisses Rachid's apolitical outlook on the world and draws him into her obsessive preoccupation with the citizen-journalist digital reports of government brutality and the rapidly unfolding events. While political struggle is abstract for Rachid, it is the only footing on which he can meet Anahita—and the two begin a passionate and rootless love affair grounded in small acts of protest.
Inspired by the innovative strategies Iranian students used to mobilize the green movement against government-imposed bans, David Dusa powerfully and viscerally binds a fictional romance with real footage collected from YouTube, Google Video, and Twitter, personalizing anonymous images of violence and testifying to the revolutionary potential of the Internet.
Length: 99 minutes
Language: French, Farsi
Premiere: North American
Primary Cast: Rachid Youcef, Alice Belaïdi
Director: David Dusa
Screenwriter: David Dusa, Raphaëlle Maes, Louise Molière
Producer: Emilie Blezat
Editor: Yannick Coutheron, Nicolas Houver
Director of Photography: Armin Franzen
Sound: Bruno Auzet
Sound Mix: Emanuel Croset
Dialogues: Mike Sens
DAVID DUSA was born in Budapest, grew up in Sweden and South Africa, and studied film in Göteborg. He has won awards for his short films in festivals worldwide, including Rotterdam, Berlinale Talent Campus, and Clermont-Ferrand. Dusa is currently preparing his second feature, Cacheux Malor.