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Exclusive Teaser for Kouros Alaghband’s Slamdance-Bound Majnuni, Birthed Out of Béla Tarr’s Film School

Taking place alongside Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Slamdance Film Festival is also a thrilling place for discovery of new talent, having featured work from the likes of Bong Joon Ho, the Safdies, Steven Soderbergh, Ari Aster, Jeremy Saulnier, Sean Baker, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Ana Lily Amirpour, Christopher Nolan, and more. As we look towards this year’s 26th edition, one of the titles on our radar is Majnuni, directed by Kouros Alaghband, who was mentored by Béla Tarr and the film came out of his unique film school.

Set during the night within a war-torn Sarajevo, the enigmatic drama follows a man who stalks a broken family on a path to his old love. “Dreamlike and haunting, Majnuni periodically reminds me of Holy Motors by Leos Carax. It is intriguing, provocative, and beautiful as well as puzzling,” said Jonathan Rosenbaum.

After winning Best Feature Film at the Brussels Film Festival, we’re pleased to present the exclusive teaser debut ahead of the North American premiere at Slamdance. The perfect kind of preview, we see a wealth of evocative imagery while still keeping the story close to the vest. So, if you’re in Park City over the next few days, we recommend giving this a look when it premieres on January 25 & 28 and we hope it finds wider distribution soon.

Check out the teaser below.

In Persian and Arabic, the title ‘Majnuni’, translates as a form of longing that makes a lover go insane. In this film, we follow a modern-day Majnun named Adnan, who stalks a broken family through the night of a war-torn Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina. As he stalks further, he snaps into a musical fugue where his identity becomes tangled in the lives he is following. Arriving at moments of androgynous punk, a holy sense of smell, & Sevda folk-song, Adnan is set on a possessed path toward Nela, his haunting old love.

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