The Patience Stone

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Director: Atiq Rahimi | Countries of production: Afghanistan, France, Germany, United Kingdom | Year: 2012 | Length: 98 min
Language: Persian with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF13

Somewhere in the Middle East a young woman tends to her comatose husband in their bomb-shelled bedroom. Fighting rages outside while she clings desperately to the hope that he will wake up and recover consciousness.

Director Atiq-Rahimi adapts his own best-selling novel The Patience Stone in this feature, where patience is not what it seems. Gradually we see the woman turn the tables on the patriarchal society she has been born into, and confound the conflict deep-rooted in the men around her. Free to speak openly for the first time, she begins to reveal her deepest secrets and desires, setting the stage for a breathless climax.

“A luminous central performances distinguishes this ambitious adaptation of a prize winning best-seller”
Hollywood Reporter

“One of the year’s best films… not to be missed.”

Hong Kong International Film Festival, Winner, SIGNIS Award
Gijón International Film Festival, Winner, Best Actress

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