In the words of the filmmaker, "Los versos del olvido is about the ethical demand to remember the past and resist the violence of forgetting". It provides a powerful metaphor for the politics of memory, and offers a poetic homage to those who fight for justice for the unknown.

The roots of the filmmaker and the story are in Iran, but forced to move to a South American setting for its production, this richly detailed film takes on even more universal meaning. An elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raid the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial. 

International title
Oblivion Verses
Filmmaker
Alireza Khatami
Country
France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
92’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Dominique Wellinski, Fabian Massah, Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries, Giancarlo Nasi
Production Company
House on Fire, Endorphine Production, Lemming Film, Don Quijote Films
Sales
Urban Distribution International
Writer
Alireza Khatami
Cinematography
Antoine Héberlé
Editor
Florent Mangeot
Production Design
Jorge Zambrano
Sound Design
Miroslav Babic
Cast
Juan Margallo, Manuel Moron, Itziar Aizpuru, Tomas Del Estal, Julio Jung, Amparo Noguera, Gonzalo Robles