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22 November 2017: Order


Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members
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Sohrab Shahid Saless
1980 | 96 min | Colour | 16mm

Seemingly out of nowhere, an unemployed engineer suddenly rejects what others – his wife, friends, and presumably he himself before he lost his job – would consider a life well-lived: orderly, industrious, well-adjusted. A modern-day Bartleby, he gets out of bed one morning and decides that he "would prefer not to". Quite possibly Shahid Saless’ most personal film, but certainly his angriest, Order issues a haunting battle cry against the asphyxiating reality of middle class values. A harrowing film with lingering impact.

Part of Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles

Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles is curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Perneczky in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and in collaboration with the Munich Film Museum. With support from the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University (London), Iran Heritage Foundation (London) and Arts Council England. We would like to thank our partner venues Close-Up and the ICA.

Image: Copyright Bert Schmidt