30.09. - 09.10.2021

Looking for Oum Kulthum Germany, Austria, Italy, Lebanon, Qatar 2017 | 92 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Shirin Neshat

SHIRIN NESHAT (*1957) is an Iranian-American artist, photographer and film-maker. After Women without Men (2009) Looking for Oum Kulthum is her second feature.


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The Iranian artist Mitra has lived for years in exile and can at last begin to make her dream come true: a film about her idol, the legendary Arabian singer Oum Kulthum. She wants above all to examine the sacrifices that Kulthum had to make for her success in a conservative, patriarchal Muslim society. But the shoot runs into trouble. Mitra's teenage son disappears, the film-maker is confronted with resistance to her as a woman and a non-Arab – and the legend of the singer begins to look like an almost insurmountable obstacle. As a film in film, Looking for Oum Kulthum portrays two artists having to assert themselves in a world dominated by men.
Original title: Looking for Oum Kulthum
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: English, Arabic, Farsi
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Shirin Neshat
Screenplay: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Cast: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif
Producer: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Music: Amin Bouhafa
Production Design: Erwin Prib
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Sound: 0
Costume design:
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Format: dcp
German Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH
World Sales: The Match Factory
Production: Razor Film Produktion GmbH; coop99 filmproduktion; In Between Art Film; Vivo Film srl; Schortcut Films; Doha Film Institute
Contact: NFP Marketing & Distribution*:


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