International Competition


Mohammadreza Farzad
Screening time  
29.03. / Wednesday, 17:30 - 19:30 Theatre 1  
01.04. / Saturday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2  

Subtotals is an essay film, a meditation on the uncertainties of a life that doesn’t hand you any bills. It is an essay wholly composed of 8mm home movies of Iranian people, about an impossible attempt at accounting for one’s life’s products. Have you kept an account of your grey hair? Of the number of houses you have owned or rented? Of the number of kisses you have exchanged? Of the number of times you have flown in dreams? You may not have. It makes no real difference in a life lived beyond numbers. Inspired by a short story of the same title by Gregory Burnham and the novel Autoportrait by Édouard Levé, this is the first film in Farzad's trilogy revolving around the subject of the family.


Mohammadreza Farzad

Mohammadreza Farzad (1978, Tehran, Iran) is a poet, literary translator, and filmmaker. His career in documentary film started with Into Thin Air (2011) and Blames and Flames (2012). Both short films premiered at Berlinale Forum Expanded. Farzad was a PhD student at the Film Factory headed by the legendary Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr. He is currently working on his first feature film A Gaze Long into the Abyss.

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Poland, Germany, Iran
2022, 15'

Directed by:
Mohammadreza Farzad

Screenplay by:
Mohammadreza Farzad

Edited by:
Amir Adibparvar

Miguel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar

Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás Van Hemelryck, Radu Stancu, Alexandra Galvis

Produced by:
Casatarántula, DeFilm, Pantalla Cines