The Prince of Nothingwood

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Directed by Sonia Kronlund
2017
85 minutes
15+
A hit at festivals worldwide, this highly entertaining story is about an irrepressible Afghan filmmaker shooting no-budget DIY films in a country that’s still a battle zone.

Salim Shaheen makes movies – lots of them (often simultaneously), in every imaginable genre. With a hearty laugh, he calls his Afghan cottage industry “Nothingwood!”. The director-producer-actor-etc., his ragtag cast and gun-toting crew continue filming through rocket attacks and riots. Needless to say, Shaheen always plays the hero, and his male colleague Qurban Ali plays the female roles (women not being permitted to act in Afghanistan). They’re certainly an odd couple. Filmmaker Sonia Kronlund follows Shaheen’s whirlwind production schedule – now a dance sequence, now a shoot-out, next a comedy. As Kronlund told the Guardian, “These guys are true, genuine lovers of the cinema – they would really risk their lives.”

This is not just a crowd-tickling portrait of a fascinating, charismatic individual who cares more about cinema than safety. Shaheen and his small crew and cast don't just film in war zones, they also use real guns and bullets. – Isabel Stevens, Sight and Sound

By turns amusing and harrowing, and with a compelling figure at its heart, The Prince Of Nothingwood proves how the show really can go on, no matter how terrible the circumstances. – Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine

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The Prince of Nothingwood

Dendy Newtown
Wed 13 June
6:15pm—7:40pm
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The Prince of Nothingwood

Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Fri 15 June
6:45pm—8:10pm
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Year
2017
Classification
15+
Country
France, Germany, Qatar
Language
In English and Dari with English subtitles
Director
Sonia Kronlund
Producer
Laurent Lavolé, Maud Huynh, Mélanie Andernach
Screenwriter
Sonia Kronlund
Cinematographer
Alexander Nanau, Eric Guichard
Company Credits
World Sales: Pyramide International
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