Introduction by Vivien Buchhorn
Nine-year-old Michael eats breakfast, goes to school, hangs around and runs errands for the neighbour. Together with his single mother, who works as a prostitute, he lives in a small apartment in Wedding. The different rhythms of their everyday life pass each other by and are only held together by the ticking of the clock on the wall. In sober shots, director Sohrab Shahid Saless, who emigrated Iran in 1974, shows the boy's routine, which repeats itself daily, until one day he notices his mother receiving a client.
Vivien Kristin Buchhorn is a film scholar and art historian. Her research interest is in transnational cinematographies and works of art and their archiving. In addition to her academic work, she works as a curator, accompanies film projects and regularly publishes film and exhibition reviews. Sohrab Shahid Saless' films have interested her since the conception of retrospectives in Berlin and Tehran.