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In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, Fariba is sentenced to death for being gay. Her lover avoids the death penalty by denying her identity, but Fariba chooses exile in Germany instead. However, when the German government declines her request for asylum, she is faced with two options. Either she returns to Iran to face death or she can pose as Siamak, a male asylum seeker who received permission to stay in Germany but had committed suicide while in detainment. Fariba daringly chops off her hair and wears Siamak’s thick glasses. Though passing as a man and making ends meet is difficult enough, a budding relationship with a German woman, Anne, further aggravates Fariba’s confusion as it is not Fariba whom Anne is in love with, but Siamak. Unveiled is a tale of oppression, freedom, as well as identity. Through the relationship between Fariba/Siamak and Anne, this film superbly articulates the irony of becoming another person in order to fight for one’s own sexual identity and the absurdity of being forced to die for pursuing love banned by religion. (Jay Sohn)
Angelina MACCARONEAngelina MACCARONE
Angelina wrote song lyrics for German pop star Udo Lindenberg and others. She made Everything Will Be Fine (1998) and An Angel’s Revenge (1998). She won numerous prizes and awards. In 2004 she wrote and directed the feature film Unveiled (co-writer Judith Kaufmann) and the next film Hounded (2006) was won Golden Leopard-Filmmakers for the Present in Locarno. Vivere is her 6th movie, for which she has been working together with Judith Kaufmann again and this genius creative partnership leverages the movie into a very high quality of visual storytelling.