“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, lives in Berlin

Farhad Delaram graduated from the University of Tehran with a Master’s degree in film. In addition to working as an independent filmmaker, he has a 15-year career as a screenwriter. Farhad has made nine independent short films (working as director, writer, cinematographer, editor, and sound editor). His short film Tattoo was screened at more than 70 international film festivals. It won the Crystal Bear at the 69th Berlinale in the Generation 14plus section, among numerous other awards.


Sillage, Portrait of an Onlooker, 2020, Fiction Short film

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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