Mankind faces extinction in this stunningly-realised widescreen dystopian fiction about ecological disaster.


Dir Semih Kaplanoğlu
Prod Semih Kaplanoğlu, Nadir Operli
Scr Semih Kaplanoğlu, Leyla Ìpekçi
With Jean-Marc Barr, Ermin Bravo, Grigoriy Dobrygin
Sales The Match Factory

Climate change has caused the near-extinction of human life in this spellbinding dystopian sci-fi from Semih Kaplanoğlu (Honey, Milk). People are herded into detention centres, all hoping they can enter the protected city. Outside its walls, a sparse nomadic economy exists. But a total disaster is imminent. Genetically engineered seeds, which have all but wiped out real grain, are mysteriously failing to work. While the establishment struggles for answers, scientist Erol (Jean-Marc Barr) goes in search of famed geneticist Cemil (Ermin Bravo) who disappeared some years ago, but not before he predicted this doomsday scenario. Giles Nuttgens’ (Hell or High Water) stunning widescreen monochrome cinematography plots Erol’s journey, from a city of very ordered straight lines to the mysterious and unpredictable desert wilderness. In Grain, the twin forces of science and mysticism wage war and with the illusion of its mastery over the planet long since receded, humanity struggles to comprehend what lies in store.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Semih Kaplanoğlu, Director; Nike Maria Vassil, Cast

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