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Nothingwood (The Prince Of Nothingwood)
This documentary about Afghan movie mogul and actor Salim Shaheen is hilarious. The larger-than-life character, who has made over 100 films in his homeland, to great public acclaim, allows filmmaker Sonja Kronlund behind the scenes of his 111th (111th!) shoot for a peek into his bizarre world. And this is the extraordinary result. Shaheen is a flamboyant, passionate man, a cheerfully colossal egomaniac who simply knows and provides what his audience – predominantly Afghan men – want. (Clue: Lots of violence, action and machismo). Yet, in this intimate, endearing portrait, Kronlund manages to make us empathise and grow to like the bumbustious Shaheen, a man firmly convinced of his own splendour.
2017 / Dari and French dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 85 mins
Genre: Non-fiction, Comedy and War
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: 15+
Contains: Adult References, Adult Themes and Violence
Director: Sonia Kronlund
Producer: Laurent Lavole, Mélanie Andernach
Scriptwriter: Sonia Kronlund
DOP: Alexander Nanau, Eric Guichard
Editor: Sophie Brunet
Composer: Martin Caraux, Matthieu Gonet, Guilda Chahverdi, Omid Rawendah
Cast: Salim Shaheen
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