Pieter-Jan De Pue
Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, 87 min
Swiss Premiere

Afghanistan is a country at the centre of a tragic contradiction. It is magnificent in its nature as well as tormented by its people’s pain. Even the legends talk of an earthly paradise that turns into hell. War is its crucial point. For centuries, the Afghans have had to deal not only with powerful enemies coming from the exterior, but also with their internecine strife. The subject of Land of the Enlightened is not therefore a new one: a gang of Afghan kids indulges in smug- gling and banditry in the high mountains of Pamir while, in an outpost positioned on the summit of a mountain, American soldiers await the end of their mission. But what comes as a real surprise is the form of the story, which unfolds through dazzling shots, following the rhythm of a captivating action film in the form of a superb rhetoric of image. Its characters live in the plasticity of their figures. Their gestures and words are intertwined. The landscape, majestic and immobile, watches as life cruelly runs its course.

Luciano Barisone

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Duration
87 min
Year
2015
Country
Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany
Section
Grand Angle
Premiere
Swiss Premiere
Languages
Persian, English
Subtitles
English, French
Production
Bart Van LangendonckMorgan BusheFemke WoltingChristian BeetzPeter Bouckaert
Sales Contact
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