Stop-Over offers an intimate glimpse of life in limbo for a group of undocumented migrants from Iran. The film opens with the arrival of Mohsen, director Kaveh Bakhtiari’s cousin, in Greece. He finds shelter with Amir, an Iranian who runs an informal boarding house for undocumented migrants. Now begins the long wait for identification papers, contacts and smugglers who might help them move on to the West. This portrayal of their lives at intense close quarters brings humanity and depth to what we normally encounter only as a statistic or a headline. The result is an immediate, articulate commentary on the dehumanizing and stifling effects of this eternal wait. (JSS)
World premiere: CANNES 2013, DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT, In competition for the Caméra d’Or prize
DOK LEIPZIG: Golden Dove Award "New Talent"
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM FRANCHOPHONE - NAMUR: Special Jury's Mention
FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA - MONTREAL: Prix de l'Association Québécoise des Critiques de Cinéma
EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Nominated in the category European Documentary 2013, u.a.