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Original Title: L'Escale
Directors: Kaveh Bakhtiari
France and Switzerland
French, Farsi with English Subtitles
104 min

Learning that his cousin Mohsen has left Iran illegally, filmmaker Kaveh Bakhtiari travels to Athens, a common middle ground for undocumented migrants hoping to reach other European countries. Stop-Over captures the constant tension of these immigrants’ everyday lives in the shadows, where every trip outside a crowded safe house is fraught with the danger of arrest and deportation, in a powerful first-person account of life lived under the radar.

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Producer: Elisa GARBAR, Heinz DILL, Olivier CHARVET, Sophie GERMAIN

Film Format: DCP

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Kaveh Bakhtiari


Kaveh Bakhtiari was born in Teheran, and grew up in Switzerland, where he moved at the age of 8. After his film studies at ECAL in Lausanne (1999-2003), Bakhtiari first drew attention with his first short film, “The Suitcase” (2007), which was selected for and has won awards in many festivals around the world: Geneva (Award for the best Swiss short film), Regensburg (Audience award), Trieste, Tampere, Edinburg, Sydney, Festroia, CineJove Valence, Ficfa Moncton, Badalona... In 2009, he was nominated for the Sundance Institute-NHK International Filmmaker’s Award. "Stopover", selected for presentation as part of the Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) at the Cannes Festival 2013, is his first feature-length documentary.

Producer: Elisa GARBAR, Heinz DILL, Olivier CHARVET, Sophie GERMAIN

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation
French Consulate