LAND

by Babak Jalali
LAND - LAND

Informations

Nation: Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico

Year: 2017

Length: 111'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

The Denetclau family are native American and live on the Prairie Wolf Indian reservation. News reaches them that Floyd, the youngest son of the family, has died during military service in Afghanistan. The youngest surviving son, Wesley, is an alcoholic. His brother’s death doesn’t really hit him. The eldest son, Raymond, is a recovering alcoholic with a wife and and two sons. Although he feels a sense of responsibility for the extended family, he feels too emasculated to do something about it. Until the troubles that have affected his two brothers force him to stand up and be a man again.

Director

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali (Gorgan, Iran, 1978) was raised in London. He received a bachelor’s degree in Balkan/East European studies and a master’s degree in politics from UCL, University of London. He graduated with a master in filmmaking from the London Film School in 2005. His short film Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran (written and directed by Jalali) was screened at over sixty film festivals worldwide and received a Bafta nomination as Best Short Film in 2006. He was elected as one of six residents at the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Residence in 2006-2007. In the residence, he developed his first feature film Frontier Blues (2009). His second feature film, Radio Dreams, won the Hivos Tiger Competition Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2016.

Filmography:
Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran (cm, 2005), Frontier Blues (2009), Radio Dreams (2016)

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Babak Jalali
fotografia/cinematography
Agnès Godard
montaggio/film editing
Nico Leunen
scenografia/production design
Dimitri Capuani
costumi/costume design
Carolina Olcese
musica/music
Jozef van Wissem
suono/sound
Eddy de Cloe, Stefano Grosso
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Rod Rondeaux (Raymond Denetclaw), Florence Klein (Sally), Wilma Pelly (Mary Denetclaw), James Coleman (Wesley Denetclaw), Georgina Lightning (Bettie), Antonia Steinberg (Rosie)
produttori/producers
Ginevra Elkann, Christophe Audeguis
produzione/production
Asmara Films, the cup of tea
coproduttori/coproducers
Gianfranco Barbagallo, Gabriel Stavenhagen, Julio Chavezmontes
coproduzione/coproduction
Topkapi Films, Piano, To Be Continued

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contatti/contacts
Asmara Films
Alessandra Ibbadu
[email protected]
www.asmarafilms.com

Director statement

“What I’ve always been interested in are ‘lost’ communities and lands long since forgotten. With Land, I wanted to show the existence of such a community, namely members of a native American tribe living in an Indian reservation in the United States. The aspect that most intrigued me about contemporary life in the reservation is how it is affected by the relationship between the Indian community and the non-Indian (white) population both on a local and national level.”

Synopsis Learn more

The Denetclau family are native American and live on the Prairie Wolf Indian reservation. News reaches them that Floyd, the youngest son of the family, has died during military service in Afghanistan. The youngest surviving son, Wesley, is an alcoholic. His brother’s death doesn’t really hit him. The eldest son, Raymond, is a recovering alcoholic with a wife and and two sons. Although he feels a sense of responsibility for the extended family, he feels too emasculated to do something about it. Until the troubles that have affected his two brothers force him to stand up and be a man again.

Director All about direction

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali (Gorgan, Iran, 1978) was raised in London. He received a bachelor’s degree in Balkan/East European studies and a master’s degree in politics from UCL, University of London. He graduated with a master in filmmaking from the London Film School in 2005. His short film Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran (written and directed by Jalali) was screened at over sixty film festivals worldwide and received a Bafta nomination as Best Short Film in 2006. He was elected as one of six residents at the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Residence in 2006-2007. In the residence, he developed his first feature film Frontier Blues (2009). His second feature film, Radio Dreams, won the Hivos Tiger Competition Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2016.

Filmography:
Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran (cm, 2005), Frontier Blues (2009), Radio Dreams (2016)

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Babak Jalali
fotografia/cinematography
Agnès Godard
montaggio/film editing
Nico Leunen
scenografia/production design
Dimitri Capuani
costumi/costume design
Carolina Olcese
musica/music
Jozef van Wissem
suono/sound
Eddy de Cloe, Stefano Grosso
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Rod Rondeaux (Raymond Denetclaw), Florence Klein (Sally), Wilma Pelly (Mary Denetclaw), James Coleman (Wesley Denetclaw), Georgina Lightning (Bettie), Antonia Steinberg (Rosie)
produttori/producers
Ginevra Elkann, Christophe Audeguis
produzione/production
Asmara Films, the cup of tea
coproduttori/coproducers
Gianfranco Barbagallo, Gabriel Stavenhagen, Julio Chavezmontes
coproduzione/coproduction
Topkapi Films, Piano, To Be Continued

**
contatti/contacts
Asmara Films
Alessandra Ibbadu
[email protected]
www.asmarafilms.com

Director statement Read more

“What I’ve always been interested in are ‘lost’ communities and lands long since forgotten. With Land, I wanted to show the existence of such a community, namely members of a native American tribe living in an Indian reservation in the United States. The aspect that most intrigued me about contemporary life in the reservation is how it is affected by the relationship between the Indian community and the non-Indian (white) population both on a local and national level.”