In Athens, Amir, an Iranian immigrant, has a modest flat which has become a place of transit for migrants who like him have chosen to leave their country. But Greece is only a stop-over, all of them hoping to reach other Western countries. They find themselves stuck at Amir’s, hoping for ID documents, contacts and the smuggler to whom they might entrust their destiny. STOP-OVER, selected for presentation as part of the Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) at the Cannes Festival and nominated for the European Documentary Film Award of the European Film Academy e.V. in 2013, is Kaveh Bakhtiari's first feature-length documentary.

Director's Biography
Kaveh Bakhtiari, born 1979 in Tehran, Iran, grew up in Switzerland, where he moved at the age of 9. After his film studies (1999 – 2003) at École cantonale d’art in Lausanne (ECAL), he first drew international attention with his debut short film THE SUITCASE. In 2009 he was nominated for the Sundance Institute International Filmmaker’s Award. // Films (selected): LES MILLE MAIS UNE NUIT (2002, short), PORTRAIT CHEZ ETIENNE (Portrait of Etienne, 2005, short), LA VALISE (The Suitcase, 2007, short), L’ESCALE (Stop-Over, 2013, doc)
European Panorama Documentary · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2014
Kaveh Bakhtiari
Switzerland / France 2013
100 minutes
OV with English subtitles / OV with German subtitles
Cinematography Kaveh Bakhtiari
Editing Kaveh Bakhtiari, Charlotte Tourres, Sou Abadi
Sound/Sounddesign Kaveh Bakhtiari
Music Luc Rambo
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