Directed by Babak Jalali │Drama │ USA, 2023 │ 92 Mins │ CLUB │Not subtitled
Afghan immigrant Donya is a former translator for the US army, now living in Fremont California, where she works in a fortune cookie factory. Donya suffers from chronic insomnia, as she battles to overcome loneliness and rebuild her life. In an effort to reconnect with the world, she sends an unconventional message out in one of the fortune cookies …
Fresh from its recent Best Director win at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Fremont is a warm, poignant and deadpan tale of self-discovery. A cast that includes comedian Gregg Turkington and The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White bring life to unforgettable, unique characters, but it is Anaita Wali Zada’s shining turn as Donya that is a revelation.
Winner – Best Director Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2023
“The fourth film from Iranian-born director Babak Jalali is a droll, low-key charmer … an invitation to fall head-over-heels in love.” Screen International
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In this gentle, offbeat comedy, Babak Jalali meets the lonely realities of displacement with sensitivity and hope.” The Skinny UK
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