“A drama with a spare, wry tone that belies its earnest and ample substance.”
– Richard Brody, New Yorker
Winner Best Director – Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Fest 2023
Director Babak Jalali IN PERSON for Q&A on Fri, 8/25 (at rush) & Sat, 8/26!!
Friday, August 25 screening with Q&A is AT RUSH! (a rush line will be available for unclaimed seats, on a first-come-first-serve basis.)
Beautiful and troubled 20-something Donya, an Afghan translator who used to work with the U.S. government, has trouble sleeping. She lives by herself in Fremont, California, in a building with other Afghan immigrants and often dines alone at a local restaurant watching soap operas. Her routine changes when she’s promoted to writing the fortunes at her job at a fortune cookie factory in the city. As her fortunes are read by strangers throughout the Bay, Donya’s smoldering longing drives her to send a message out to the world, unsure where it will lead.
Shot in black and white, and with warmth and a wry sense of humor, director Babak Jalali has crafted a loving portrait of a young woman haunted by the past but still filled with desire for companionship and connection. Featuring a cast of unforgettable, unique characters, and anchored by a beguiling debut performance from real-life Afghan refugee Anaita Wali Zada, Fremont is an ode to the curious beauty of trying to build a new life in a strange land.
Directed by Babak Jalali. Written by Carolina Cavalli & Babak Jalali. Produced by Marjaneh Moghimi, Sudnya Shroff, Rachael Fung, George Rush, Chris Martin & Laura Wagner.
Starring Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Hilda Schmelling, Avis See-tho, Siddique Ahmed, Taban Ibraz, Timur Nusratty, Eddie Tang, Jennifer McKay, Divya Jakatdar & Gregg Turkington as Dr. Anthony.
“Not to be missed is Babak Jalali’s coolly deadpan comedy…” – Amy Taubin, Artforum