Mohsen Makhmalbaf

In Salaam Cinema, veteran Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf places an ad in a newspaper calling for one hundred actors to act in a film that he wants to make to celebrate the 100th anniversary of cinema. The rest is a unique cinema experience: an audition with dozens of enthusiastic men and women turning to the camera to talk about their motivation for being in this film – an incredible mirror into contemporary Iran.

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear by Tinatin Gurchiani carries a similar ethnographic richness in portraying today’s Georgia, itself undergoing a transformation as it leaves behind its Soviet past and transitions to a modern state – through the eyes of its youth.

Returning home in autumn 2011 following several years in Germany, Gurchiani decides to make a film, for which she announces her decision to cast young people. Thus begins a series of auditions, in a poetic setting, surrounded by pastel-colored, decaying walls, around which Gurchiani structures her film.

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