Archive of films Oblivion Verses / Los Versos del Olvido

France / Germany / Netherlands / Chile
2017, 92 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2018

One day the caretaker of the morgue at a state-run cemetery finds the body of a girl, who was killed during a demonstration, hidden in a pullout cabinet. Although he’s on the run, he decides to bury her properly. The protagonist’s journey is a concatenation of poetic encounters. The desire for life and to remain open to the poetry of the world wins out over death and destruction.


A morgue scheduled for closure – does a more poetic image of ruin exist? One day the caretaker at a state-run cemetery finds a dead girl hidden in the morgue; she was killed during a demonstration and stashed in one of the pullout cabinets. Although he too is in danger, he decides to bury her properly. Despite intimidation by gangster politicians. The director chose Chile as the unnamed setting for his debut, a work of magical realism. The protagonist’s journey is a concatenation of poetic encounters. Élan vital, a desire to live and to remain open to the poetry of the world, to remember those that have departed, and carry on – these claim victory over the ubiquitous reminders of death and destruction. The picture premiered in the Orizzonti section at Venice and took home the prize for best script.

Vít Kořínek

About the director

Alireza Khatami (b. 1980, Iran). Filmography: Oblivion Verses (Los Versos del Olvido, 2017)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Alireza Khatami
Screenplay: Alireza Khatami, Dominique Welinski, René Ballesteros
Dir. of Photography: Antoine Heberlé
Editor: Florent Mangeot
Art Director: Jorge Zambrano
Producer: Vincent Wang
Production: House on Fire
Coproduction: Endorphine Production, Lemming Film, Quijote Rampante
Cast: Juan Margallo, Tomás del Estal, Manuel Moron
Sales: Urban Distribution International


Giancarlo Nasi



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