Thursday, 29 September 2016

LFF 2016 PREVIEW: WOLF AND SHEEP


'[An] accomplished autobiographical first feature'
Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

'Shahrbanoo Sadat is, in many respects, a one-of-a-kind filmmaker'
Benedicte Prot, Cineuropa

'A promising debut feature'
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Afghanistan's first female film director in history, and the youngest-ever filmmaker to be granted the Cannes Cinefondation residency six years ago (she was 20), Shahrbanoo Sadat is one of the most exciting young talents in the world of cinema. At Cannes this year, she premiered her second feature, Wolf and Sheep, to great acclaim, and was rewarded with the prestigious C.I.C.A.E. award. The film is a semi-autobiographical tale set in rural Afghanistan, as yet untouched by the war, though concerns for the safety of the largely-international crew and some narrative details relocated the filmmaking to Tajikistan - now how many films have you seen directed by a 20-something Afghan woman shot in Tajikistan? That's a major part of the appeal of Wolf and Sheep for me, and of why it has made my London Film Festival lineup this year.