20th CIRCUIT SUSPECTS
Hesam Eslami | Iran 2017 | 73 Min. OmeU
After having his car stolen, the director meets Ehsan, the leader of an adolescent crime gang in Teheran that breaks into cars regularly. What forms is a close relationship between the director and the members of the group, following their steps for six whole years. The film gives an intimate look into Ehsan and the gang's life by documenting thefts, wild chases, running from the police, imprisonment, release and, ultimately, the gang splitting up.
Hesam Eslami (b1982, Ahwaz, Iran) got his BFA and MA in cinema from Tehran University of Art. Hesam has studied with Abbas Kiarostami and Asghar Farhadi and is influenced by their cinematic style. In 2017 he made his first feature-length documentary, 20th Circuit Suspects selected and screened in 2017 HotDocs Canada. Now Hesam is developing his third feature documentary which is one of the ten projects participating in the Doc Station at Berlin International Film Festival 2018.
- Hot Docs 2017
- Fajr Film Festival 2017
- Cinema Verite 2017
- Urban International Film Festival 2017
- APSA Awards 2017
- Roshd International Film Festival 2017
- IDIA 2017
- Victoria Film Festival 2018