Day #15 at PÖFF

We have reached the last day of the competition programmes, the surprise screening of The Old Man & The Gun and loads more - here are some of today’s highlights at PÖFF22!

Today and tomorrow are also good days for seeing the reruns of the films of Official Selection and First Feature Competition.

Sheeple (Iran)

Maghz-haye Koochak Zang-Zadeh
Director Houman Seyedi
Official Selection
European Premiere

What, really, an Iranian gangster drama? It’s true, we’re not joking. It can be called that. There is even a hint of "The Sopranos", although the action is set in a Teheran slum. It is also something very special in the context of Iran – in a country where 150 films are made a year.

Shahin, a loud-mouth fellow adopted years ago, is trying to establish his authority in a family run by the iron hand of his drug lord brother. When a phone-filmed video of their sister showing her hair to a strange man – a grave sin in that society – starts circulating, things get really crazy. The family’s honour becomes more important than any person. Can a sheep who has obeyed the shepherd’s crook all his life even become anything more – someone who decides on his own life and does not need a shepherd?

The premiere tonight will be attended by the film’s director Houman Seyedi.

Read more and get tickets here!

The Old Man and the Gun (USA)
Director David Lowery

The surprise screening screens this Toronto hit that’s based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek) who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Read more and get tickets here!

Yomeddine  (Egypt)

Director A.B. Shawky

A.B. Shawky’s tale of the leper Obama has been moving crowds since its premiere in Cannes. After the death of his wife, Beshay bravely decides to leave the isolated community where he was abandoned as a child. Along with Obama, the young orphan he has taken under his wing, and his beloved donkey, he embarks on a journey across Egypt to his hometown to find out why his father never kept his promise to return. But Beshay isn’t a man like other men: he is a leper, now cured, whose scars have led him to live apart from the world. Together, he and Obama will confront the world with all its sorrows and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity… An adventure-filled drama and a first feature that tells the heart-warming story of a remarkable friendship.

Read more and get tickets here!

Light as Feathers (Poland)
Director: Rosanne Pel

15-year-old Eryk lives with his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in a small village in Poland. Eryk has a too close relationship with his manipulative and dominant mother and is in love with his 13-year-old neighbour Klaudia. But Eryk does not know the difference between love and abuse… The film like „Boyhood” was filmed over three years, following the young actors as they transit their own teenage years as well as the characters they play.

Read more and get tickets here!