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FREMONT [USA], Thursday 18 April, 8pm

By December 8, 2023January 12th, 2024Homepage, Season 25, Winter 2024

Online booking is appreciated. Click here to buy your ticket for FREMONT.

Donya, a young Afghan who moved to Fremont, California after serving as a translator for the American army, spends her days working at a fortune cookie factory and her nights wide awake battling between her desire to rebuild her life and the overbearing guilt she carries within. In a bid to reconnect with the world, she sends an unconventional message out in one of the fortune cookies.

Shot in BxW, Fremont is a warm, poignant and deadpan tale of self-discovery. A cast that includes comedian Gregg Turkington and The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White bring life to unforgettable, unique characters, but it is Anaita Wali Zada’s shining turn as Donya that is a revelation.

97% Rotten Tomatoes

This is a sweet, low-key charmer with a winning, achingly sympathetic performance from novice actress Zada at its centre. – Times [UK]

The fourth film from Iranian-born director Babak Jalali is a droll, low-key charmer … an invitation to fall head-over-heels in love. – Screen International

It’s the kind of independent film which we haven’t seen a lot of lately, endowed with intimacy and a kind of dreamy charm. – Guardian

Fremont is neither game-changing nor revolutionary. It’s merely a throwback, in the best possible way, to a low-fi aesthetic and low-key way of storytelling you thought had gone the way of the Triceratops. – Rolling Stone

A stunning mood piece that takes pride in its stillness and slow pace, ultimately delivering a tale of intimacy, searching, and quiet strength. –

The story is suffused with an uncommon blend of radiance and resignation, nowhere more rapturously than in the final shot. – New Yorker

★ In this gentle, offbeat comedy, Babak Jalali meets the lonely realities of displacement with sensitivity and hope. – The Skinny [UK]

  • USA, 2023 | Language: English, Dari, Cantonese | 1 h 32 min | Cert: CLUB
  • Director: Babak Jalali
  • Cast: Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Gregg Turkington
  • Foreign language films are subtitled. 
  • Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE, a short film by Jason Branagan, will be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
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  • Online booking closes at 5pm on the night of the film.
  • Pay at the door by card or cash. Exact change is appreciated.