Children of the Prophet
Children of Prophet follows 4 groups of protagonists in Tehran during the Shiite mourning rituals of Moharram, commemorating the death of Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
In the Bazaar of Sexes
A lonesome middle-aged bachelor, a divorced single mother, and a jovial young mullah are the protagonists of this intimate account of gender relations in Iran. Their stories revolve around the institution of temporary marriage, also called lust-marriage, a Shia practice that allows a man and a woman to legally marry for a fixed period of time ranging from one hour to 99 years. Religiously sanctified prostitution or a loophole for couples to have a relationship within the rigid Islamic laws? Religious dogma meets macho, sentimentality meets female realities. A relentlessly honest, eye-opening, and sometimes funny account of Islamic sexual and gender politics.
Oliver Neumann studied at the Vienna Film Academy, specialization in editing. He worked several years as an editor and edited over 20 films with theatrical releases. 2007 he won the prize for best fiction feature film editing at the Diagonale, the festival for Austrian films. In 2007 together with colleagues he founded FreibeuterFilm and worked since then as a producer. In 2008 he participated in the EAVE programm, in 2009 he was participant of the Rotterdam Film Lab. His credit as a producer includes IN THE BAZAR OF SEXES Dir. Sudabeh Mortezai, Feature Documentary (Mexico DOCS DF Main Prize 2010), ADRIENN PAL (Coproducer) Dir. Agnes Kocsis, Feature Fiction (Cannes Un Certain Regard, Fipresci Prize 2010) EVOLUTION OF VIOLENCE Dir Fritz Ofner, Feature Documentary (Semaine de la Critique Locarno 2011) and STILLLIFE Dir. Sebastian Meise, Feature Fiction (San Sebastian Zabaltegi New Directors 2011)
completed films:2010: "Adrienn Pal", feature fiction, dir. Agnes Kosic;2010: "From Bagdad to Dallas", documentary, 30 min., dir. Fritz Ofner2009: "In the Bazaar of Sexes", feature documentary, dir. Sudabeh Mortezai2006: "Children of the Prophet", feature documentary, dir. Sudabeh Mortezai