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by Atiq Rahimi


Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war... A young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to the state of a vegetable because of a bullet in the neck. Not only is he abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, but also by his brothers. One day, the woman decides to tell the truth to him about her feelings about their relationship to her silent husband. She talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, her desires... She says things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for the past 10 years. Therefore, this paralyzed man unconsciously becomes syngue sabour, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when placed in front of a person shields her 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 soldier...

international title: The Patience Stone
original title: Syngue Sabour
country: France, Germany, Afghanistan
sales agent: Le Pacte
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Atiq Rahimi
film run: 102'
release date: FR 20/02/2013, NL 21/02/2013, BE 20/03/2013, IT 28/03/2013, GR 25/04/2014, ES 06/09/2013, DE 10/10/2013, SE 13/12/2013
screenplay: Jean-Claude Carrière, Atiq Rahimi
cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Massi Mrowat, Hassina Burgan
cinematography by: Jean-Claude Carrière
film editing: Hervé de Luze
art director: Erwin Prib
costumes designer: Malek Jahan Khazai
music: Max Richter
producer: Michaël Gentile
co-producer: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
production: The Film, Agora Films, Razor Film Produktion, Studio 37, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, MEDIA Programme
distributor: Le Pacte, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., Cinéart, Parthénos, Rapid Eye Movies, Njutafilms


main awards/selection

London Film Festival 2012 
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012 
Les Arcs International Film Festival 2012 
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013 

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