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As I Lay Dying

aka The Graveless (Hamchenan ke mimordam)
Iran 2018. Dir: Mostafa Sayari. 73 min. DCP

“Inspired by William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying, Mostafa Sayari’s first feature debuted at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival. Fulfilling their recently deceased father’s final wishes, four adult siblings transport his body across the harsh Iranian desert to the remote village where he wanted to be buried. As the temperature rises, the body begins to decompose, and tempers flare as old family secrets and resentments boil to the surface” (Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.).