Michael Bauer (Klaus Salge) is a character living in Berlin who has appeared in other films by the Iranian director Sohram Shahid Saless, but now he is grown up, working as a butcher, frustrated in love, and slowly going insane. Diary of a Lover is the final part of a trilogy of films which explore Bauer’s difficulties in living in Berlin. The other two are Quarantine and Time of Maturity. —Clarke Fountain
Sohrab Shahid-Saless (Sohrāb Shahǐd-Sāles, Persian: سهراب شهیدثالث, 28 June 1943, Tehran – 2 June 1998, Washington DC) was an Iranian film director and screenwriter and one of the most celebrated figures in Iranian cinema in the 20th century. After 1976 he worked in the Cinema of Germany and was an important component of the film diaspora working in the German industry.
Sohrab Shahid-Saless was born in Tehran in 1943 and lived in Tehran. He studied film in Vienna and Paris. After returning to Iran, he first worked for the Ministry of Arts and Culture, where he made 22 films. In 1976, he left Iran for Germany, where he worked as a filmmaker until 1991, then moving to Chicago. He died in Washington DC in June 1998.
In his first feature, the milestone film A Simple Event (1973), he describes the everyday life of a ten-year-old boy living in a small town with an ill mother and a father struggling to make a living smuggling fish. In contrast, Still Life (1974) explores the… read more
meat+loneliness, i remembered where i met this paradox of putting together isolation and flesh. human form is estranged socially, emotionally and materially, what is left of it is a vague nostalgia, its primary amorphous constituent - flesh, almost abstract in its capability of being everything, in its almost infinite virtualities. flesh informs life, yet any instance of it that we come into contact with is through
the desintegration of life and its particular form. the book i was thinking of was tournier's "the erl-king", although that absolutely present, yet absolutely debatable perversity from the first part of the book is absent here. but there is alienation and i wonder if the obsession with meat is an attempt to establish communication, appropriation, starting from its basest, elementary physicality or the other way: debasing and deriding life to chaos, thus grinning into the face of the anxiety generated by the severed ties with it. then my thoughts took a frivolous path and i thought of "naboer", with that i killed her, but i didn't realize it scheme.