Die middag

  • 75'
  • Netherlands
  • 2023

Roya flees an asylum seekers' centre to avoid being deported. She has the address of Nassim – another Iranian woman who helps refugees in her situation. But when she arrives at Nassim's apartment, only her brother is there. Since he won't let Roya in, she decides to wait for her in the hallway. Soon they start a conversation, thanks to which we'll come to know a great deal about the different perspectives of these two people: she has a youthful, idealistic and optimistic spirit; he is embittered and guarded, carrying a heavy burden.

Nafiss Nia turns the restriction of the film's premise into a source of poetry and inventiveness – making the most of the delicate cinematography, framing and editing. Die middag cleverly plays with two different regimes of vision central to the plot's development: through the security camera and peephole, Roya is always visible to the man inside the apartment; but we are the only witnesses of what he is doing indoors. Selected for Bright Future, this is a film about walls and boundaries (physical and emotional), culture and language, and the politics of intimacy and salvation.

 

Cristina Álvarez López

 

The screening on 29 January will be preceded by a video essay by Joost Broeren, as part of the Critics' Choice programme.

  • 75'
  • Netherlands
  • 2023
Director
Nafiss Nia
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
International title
That Afternoon
Languages
Dutch, Farsi, English
Producer
Gijs Kerbosch
Production Company
HALAL
Sales
HALAL
Screenplay
Nafiss Nia
Cinematography
Joris Kerbosch
Editor
Hayedeh Safiyari
Production Design
Robert van der Hoop, Farhad Vilkiji
Sound Design
Peter Warnier
Music
Farid Sheek
Cast
Hoda Niku, Alin Wishka
Local Distributor
Gusto Entertainment

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Friday 27 January 2023
    Cinerama 2
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Saturday 28 January 2023
    Pathé 7
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    Pathé 6
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Thursday 02 February 2023
    KINO 1
    EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Friday 03 February 2023
    Cinerama 2
    EN subtitles
Director
Nafiss Nia
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
International title
That Afternoon
Languages
Dutch, Farsi, English
Producer
Gijs Kerbosch
Production Company
HALAL
Sales
HALAL
Screenplay
Nafiss Nia
Cinematography
Joris Kerbosch
Editor
Hayedeh Safiyari
Production Design
Robert van der Hoop, Farhad Vilkiji
Sound Design
Peter Warnier
Music
Farid Sheek
Cast
Hoda Niku, Alin Wishka
Local Distributor
Gusto Entertainment