THE PATIENCE STONE A Film By Afghani Director Atiq Rahimi, is Screening in Dubai this May


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 Dubai: 24th April 2013   By:Zulfiqar Shah

The Scene Club, Dubai’s regular monthly film club which showcases some of the best world independent films, has chosenTHE PATIENCE STONE by Afghani director Atiq Rahimi for its May screening, which will take place at the Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre at 8pm on Wednesday 8th May. Guests are invited to arrive at 7pm to collect their pre-booked complimentary tickets and for an hour of networking with fellow film enthusiasts.

THE PATIENCE STONE is adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, translated in 33 languages and winner of the most prestigious book award in France (the Goncourt Prize) in 2008. Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war, a beautiful woman in her thirties watches over her husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to the state of a vegetable because of a bullet in the neck, and not only is he abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, but also by his brothers. One day, the woman starts a solitary confession to her silent husband. She talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, her desires.She touches him, kisses him, things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for the past 10 years. Therefore, this paralyzed man unconsciously becomes “syngué sabour”, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when placed in front of a person shields him from unhappiness, suffering, pains and miseries. In this wait for her husband to come back to life, the woman struggles to survive and live. She finds refuge in her aunt’s place, who is a prostitute, and the only relative who understands her. The woman seeks to free herself from suffering through the words she delivers audaciously to her husband. But after weeks looking after him, she will actually reveal herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldie.The film was selected as the Afghan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Academy Awards; it won the Best Actress award at the 2012 Gijon International Film Festival and was nominated for the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Asian Film Awards. The Scene Club will be hosting the film leading actor Hamid Djavdan for an open Q&A session with the audience at the end of the screening. Tickets are complimentary but guests must book them in advance at www.thesceneclub.com and then collect them from the Registration Deskat Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre from 7.00pm on the night of the screening. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time as seating is offered on a “first come, first served” basis. The Scene Club Networking Lounge is also open from 7.00pm to all registered guests.

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