Utopia is a treatise on love and desire tainted by harsh reality of capitalism, in which submission to the laws of lust-as-commerce is played out by five prostitutes and their pimp, who pits them against one another so that they are incapable of standing up to him collectively. —Olaf Möller
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
This little known German film by Iranian director Sohrab Shahid-Saless has been compared by critics to Pasolini's Salò. And with a reason: It's just as claustrophobic, brutal and controversial. But it can't be ignored that Utopia actually shares more common ground with Sartre's "No Exit". If there's one sentence that perfectly sums up the film's main concerns, it's without a doubt: "Hell is other people."
David Grillo, I did a 10 minute google search for the film. I checked out some sites and blogs (worldscinema, and others) but unfortunately all of the download links that were posted on the sites were dead. If you are registered at KG you can find the film in the tracker, its a VHS rip, with a permanent time code, having no English subtitles. That might be your only way of getting the film, if you haven't found any other means of getting it.
Na I haven't had any luck besides finding a dvd of Still Life on ioffer readily available but so is that film.I would imagine Utopia needs to be saved somehow I'm going to ask at film and television archive at UCLA there doing an Iranian film retro so I'd like to at least turn there attention to him if more people do so maybe will eventually see it resurface there has to be a print somewhere obviously people have seen it.. Thanks for your help btw..
Certainly a better copy must exist. I personally put precedence for English subtitles over a better quality rip (if it is available). This rip on KG seems to be the one and only I have found that is circulating across the internet. Incidentally a KG commenter posted this link, a restoration or retrospective or what-not of Utopia: http://www.filmmuseum.at/jart/prj3/filmmuseum/main.jart?rel=de&reserve-mode=active&content-id=1216730387413&veranstaltungen_id=1266232637431&anzeige=
Yeah this is interesting I'm sure somebody with a theater or museum ambitious enough can get a print and project the subtitles. I've seen it done a couple times at this current Zulawski retro in L.A. Could you send me a link to that forum I'd appreciate a link to that download this I would imagine could also resurface. It might even be worth contacting the museum but I don't speak german.