“Expo Pandemic”
Farhad Delaram

With the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, all Akademie der Künste locations were closed, bringing this hive of cultural activity to a standstill overnight. The Iranian filmmaker and JUNGE AKADEMIE fellow Farhad Delaram spent the months of lockdown in his studio at the Akademie am Hanseatenweg. Enclosed in the emptiness of the rooms, he documented the site’s new atmosphere and his impressions in the film Expo Pandemic. He traces the movement from the pandemic’s total and threatening silence, covering the once busy rooms like a carpet, to the end of the lockdown and his first encounters with the outside world.

“Expo Pandemic”

2020, experimental short film / 8 Minutes
Directed & Shot by Farhad Delaram
Edit & Visual Design by Sasan Khoshniat
Music by Mehrdad Jafari Rad

*1988 in Theran

His lifelong love of cinema led independent filmmaker Farhad Delaram to study cinema at the University of Tehran where he focused his studies on the subject of sound in poetic cinema and received his MA with honours. He has also published a paper about the aesthetics of cinema sound at the AVANCA congress in 2016. He has spent a 12-year career of working as a script­writer for Iran’s National Radio and Television as well as for private film­making studios, while also working as an independent screenwriter. Delaram has made six independent short films (as director, writer, photographer, editor and sound editor) including two docu­mentaries and four fictional films. His last film (Tattoo, 2019) won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus section. He currently lives in Berlin.


Expo Pandemic, 2020, Experimental short film

Tattoo, 2019, Fiction Short film

Away from Home, 2017, Fiction Short film

Like the Last Day, 2016, Fiction Short film

Garbage Dance, 2015, Documentary Short film

Wax, 2015, Fiction Short film

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