TRIPOLI CANCELLED

by Naeem Mohaiemen
TRIPOLI CANCELLED

Informations

Nation: Greece, Germany, UK

Year: 2017

Length: 95'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

A solitary man follows a set and unchangeable routine: he walks, he smokes, he writes letters to his wife, he stages unexplainable entr’actes, he daydreams of flying an old Jumbo jet, he carefully reads and rereads an old copy of the children’s novel Watership Down by Richard Adams. The setting of this oppressive daily routine, which borders on the surreal, is the abandoned airport of Hellinikon, in Greece. It is inhabited by this mysterious man and a few manikins wearing Olympic Airlines uniforms, his only company. But what is blocking this man in what is, to all effects, an inhospitable non-place? Is it a voluntary exile, an experiment in human isolation, or are there reasons beyond his control? In the end, the condition in which he finds himself is not very different from that of the migrants who, deprived of their future, live in a limbo whose end is never close by…

Director

Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen works as a director and visual artist, primarily dealing with the failure of left-wing utopias and post-colonialism trials. All this in a perspective of third world internationalism and global socialism. His works include the four-part project The Young Man Was, composed of United Red Army (2011-2012), Afsan’s Long Day (2014), Last Man in Dhaka Central (2015) and Abu Ammar Is Coming (2016). The works were presented at the 2011 Sharjah Biennial, at New York’s MoMA, at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, and at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, respectively. He later made a diptych composed of Tripoli Cancelled (2017), presented at the British Film Institute, and the video installation Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017).

Filmography:
Der Weisse Engel (cm, 2007), Rankin Street, 1953 (cm, 2009), United Red Army (2011-2012), Afsan’s Long Day (cm, 2014), Last Man in Dhaka Central (2015), Abu Ammar Is Coming (cm, 2016), Tripoli Cancelled (2017), Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura, montaggio/director, screenplay, film editing
Naeem Mohaiemen
fotografia/cinematography
Petros Nousias
musica/music
Qasim Naqvi
suono/sound
Theophilos Botonakis
interprete/cast
Vassilis Koukalani
produttori/producers
Maria-Thalia Carras, Naeem Mohaiemen
produzione/production
Documenta 14
coproduzione/coproduction
Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Jameel

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contatti/contacts
Naeem Mohaiemen
naeem.mohaiemen@gmail.com

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A solitary man follows a set and unchangeable routine: he walks, he smokes, he writes letters to his wife, he stages unexplainable entr’actes, he daydreams of flying an old Jumbo jet, he carefully reads and rereads an old copy of the children’s novel Watership Down by Richard Adams. The setting of this oppressive daily routine, which borders on the surreal, is the abandoned airport of Hellinikon, in Greece. It is inhabited by this mysterious man and a few manikins wearing Olympic Airlines uniforms, his only company. But what is blocking this man in what is, to all effects, an inhospitable non-place? Is it a voluntary exile, an experiment in human isolation, or are there reasons beyond his control? In the end, the condition in which he finds himself is not very different from that of the migrants who, deprived of their future, live in a limbo whose end is never close by…

Director All about direction

Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen works as a director and visual artist, primarily dealing with the failure of left-wing utopias and post-colonialism trials. All this in a perspective of third world internationalism and global socialism. His works include the four-part project The Young Man Was, composed of United Red Army (2011-2012), Afsan’s Long Day (2014), Last Man in Dhaka Central (2015) and Abu Ammar Is Coming (2016). The works were presented at the 2011 Sharjah Biennial, at New York’s MoMA, at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, and at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, respectively. He later made a diptych composed of Tripoli Cancelled (2017), presented at the British Film Institute, and the video installation Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017).

Filmography:
Der Weisse Engel (cm, 2007), Rankin Street, 1953 (cm, 2009), United Red Army (2011-2012), Afsan’s Long Day (cm, 2014), Last Man in Dhaka Central (2015), Abu Ammar Is Coming (cm, 2016), Tripoli Cancelled (2017), Two Meetings and a Funeral (2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura, montaggio/director, screenplay, film editing
Naeem Mohaiemen
fotografia/cinematography
Petros Nousias
musica/music
Qasim Naqvi
suono/sound
Theophilos Botonakis
interprete/cast
Vassilis Koukalani
produttori/producers
Maria-Thalia Carras, Naeem Mohaiemen
produzione/production
Documenta 14
coproduzione/coproduction
Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Jameel

**
contatti/contacts
Naeem Mohaiemen
naeem.mohaiemen@gmail.com