France, Germany


About a hundred kilometers away from Kabul, Salim Shaheen, the most popular and prolific actor-director-producer in Afghanistan, comes to show some of his 110 films and to shoot the 111th in the process.
He has brought with him his regular troupe of actors, each more eccentric and out of control than the next. That trip is an opportunity for us to get to know Shaheen, a real movie buff who has been making Z movies tirelessly for more than thirty years in a country at war. NOTHINGWOOD is the story of a man who spends his life making his childhood dreams come true.

Director's Biography

The daughter of a French mother and a Swedish father, a former student of the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure and a literature graduate, Sonia Kronlund has taken part in the writing of many scripts, has directed
documentaries and run several collections for television. After writing in Les Cahiers du Cinéma for a short time, she started working on French public radio station France Inter in 1995. Since 2002, she has been producing the daily documentary program "Les Pieds sur Terre" on France Culture radio station.

For some reason, she has taken an immoderate interest in Iran and Afghanistan, two countries which she has visited on a regular basis for the past fifteen years. She has made several television and radio documentaries there, for ARTE television network and France Culture. In 2012, her collection of stories, "Nouvelles du réel", was
published by Actes Sud. NOTHINGWOOD is her first feature film.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Sonia Kronlund

Written by: Sonia Kronlund

Produced by: Laurent Lavolé, Melanie Andernach

Cinematography: Alexander Nanau, Eric Guichard

Editing: Sophie Brunet

Nominations and Awards

  • Documentary Selection 2017