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Diary of a Lover (Tagebuch eines Liebenden)

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When Shahid Saless first looked upon his new host country, what he saw were lonely individuals locked into private worlds. Diary of a Lover makes visible, palpable even, this immense suffering, leaving the viewer gasping for air. The walls are closing in on the butcher Michael (the now grown-up protagonist of Time of Maturity). He is one among many who, isolated in their identical-looking flats, lead lives of quiet desperation. Michael’s girlfriend seems to have disappeared after an argument. The gnawing question at the heart of this
dark paean to alienation: Will she return?

West Germany 1977, 91 min, digital version, German with English subtitles. Written and directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless. Cinematography by Mansur Yazdi. With Klaus Salge, Eva Manhardt, Edith Hildebrandt, Ingeborg Ziemendorff, Robert Dietl, Ursula Alexa, Dorothea Moritz.

Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles is curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad and Nikolaus Perneczky in partnership with the Goethe-Institut London and in collaboration with the Munich Film Museum. With support from the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University (London), Iran Heritage Foundation (London) and Arts Council England. Wewould like to thank our partner venues Close-Up and the ICA.


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