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France - Germany - Qatar

85min - Documentary

Original language: French, Dari




Director: Sonia Kronlund

Script: Sonia Kronlund

Image: Alexander Nanau, Eric Guichard

Editing: Sophie Brunet

Producers: Laurent Lavolé (GLORIA FILMS), Mélanie Andernach (MADE IN GERMANY)

Supported by the DOHA FILM INSTITUTE

Festivals & Awards




Special Mention from the First Feature Jury

Life Tales Award (Qurban Ali Afzali)


Fiumicino Film Festival

Best documentary




Cannes Film Festival - Director's fortnight

Biografilm Festival, Italy

Munich Intl Film Festival

Jerusalem Intl Film Festival

Odessa international film festival

Locarno Film Festival

New Horizons Intl Film Festival, Poland

Melbourne Intl Film Festival

Helsinki Intl Film Festival

Fanstatic Fest Austin USA

Reykjavik Intl Film Festival

Bergen Intl Film Festival

Mill Valley Film Festival USA

Mumbai Film Festival

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

London BFI

Tõrva Dokfest, Estonia



Tokyo International Film Festival

Minsk International Film Festival "Listapad"

Taipei Golden Horse FF

Films From the South Oslo – Documentary Competition

RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire à Montréal

Clique Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Special screening in Luxembourg

Gijon Film Festival - Competition

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival

BAFF Bruxelles Art Film Festival – Closing Film

Umeå European Film Festival

Dubai International Film Festival




ÍRÁN:CI, the festival of Iranian films in Czech Republic

Pune International Film Festival, India

ZagrebDox - International Documentary Film Festival

One World Festival Prague

Beldocs Film Festival, Serbia


Istanbul Intl Film Festival

COLCOA French Film Festival Los Angeles

Special screning at Oxville Cinema in Amsterdam

Transilvania Cluj Film Festival

Sydney International Film Festival

Aichi Int'l Women's Film Festival in Japan

6th Duhok International Film Festival in Irak

The prince of nothingwood

a film by :Sonia Kronlund

About a hundred kilometers away from Kabul, Salim Shaheen, the most popular and prolific actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, comes to show some of his 110 films and to shoot the 111th in the process.
He has brought with him his regular troupe of actors, each more eccentric and out of control than the next. That trip is an opportunity for us to get to know Shaheen, a real movie buff who has been making Z movies tirelessly for more than thirty years in a country at war. Nothingwood is the story of a man who spends his life making his childhood dreams come true.

French Synopsis :

À une centaine de kilomètres de Kaboul, Salim Shaheen, l'acteur-réalisateur-producteur le plus populaire et prolifique d’Afghanistan, est venu projeter quelques-uns de ses 110 films et tourner le 111ème au passage. Ce voyage dans lequel il a entraîné sa bande de comédiens, tous plus excentriques et incontrôlables les uns que les autres, est l'occasion de faire la connaissance de cet amoureux du cinéma, qui fabrique sans relâche des films de série Z dans un pays en guerre depuis plus de trente ans. Nothingwood livre le récit d’une vie passée à accomplir un rêve d’enfant.


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