The Orphanage

  • 90'
  • Denmark
  • 2019

When fifteen-year-old street kid Qodrat is arrested for illegally reselling cinema tickets, he’s put in an orphanage on the outskirts of Kabul. Here, for the first time in his life, he receives some education, goes on a school trip to Moscow, makes friends, falls in love and in the meantime tries to avoid two older boys who terrorise the dormitories. Qodrat's love of film colours his most lively memories, in which he and his friends sing to one another like Bollywood stars.

The diaries of Anwar Hashimi, which together with Shahrbanoo Sadat's own memories formed the basis for her feature debut, Wolf and Sheep, also supply the raw material for her second film, set in the late 1980s/early 1990s: shortly before the downfall of the Soviet-oriented Watan Party regime. Rawness and nostalgia fold into one another in this bittersweet coming-of-age drama, with Hashimi himself in the likeable role of class mentor.

Director
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Countries of production
Denmark, Afghanistan
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Parwareshgah
Languages
Dari, Russian
Producers
Katja Adomeit, Xavier Rocher
Production Companies
Adomeit Film, La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma
Sales
Luxbox
Screenplay
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Cinematography
Virginie Surdej
Editor
Alexandra Strauss
Sound Design
Sigrid Dpa Jensen, Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Cast
Qodratollah Qadiri, Sediqa Rasuli, Masihullah Feraji, Hasibullah Rasooli, Ahmad Fayaz Osmani, Anwar Hashimi, Daria Gaiduk