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Omer Fast
UK, Germany 2015 / 103’

A story about oblivion and attempts to overcome it. The main character is standing on the street when suddenly "something from heaven" falls on his head. When he wakes up after the incident, he finds out that he is going to receive compensation in the amount of 8.5 million pounds provided that he never tells anyone what really happened. Accepting these conditions is not a problem since he is suffering from amnesia, which, of course, he desperately wants to reverse. He spends his newly acquired fortune on an investigation: with fragments of his memory intact, he tries to recover his past, his identity, and perhaps the reason why he was standing on the sidewalk when "something" fell from the sky. Reconstructing events becomes an obsession for him, and out of the darkness of oblivion emerges an increasingly disturbing picture. The sensational debut by Israeli visual artist Omer Fast is more than a distant cousin to Memento with Kafkaesque echoes. It is a mesmerizing game in which victory can turn out to be defeat. The film is an adaptation of Tom K. McCarthy's debut novel of the same title.

Ola Salwa

Omer Fast

Omer Fast was born in 1972 in Jerusalem. He studied English at Tufts University and Visual Arts at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He also studied at Hunter College and the City University of New York. He has made numerous video installations and short films. He lives in Berlin.


2009 Looking Pretty for God (doc., short)

2010 Nostalgia (doc.)

2011 5,000 Feet Is the Best (short)

2012 Continuity (short)

2014 Everything That Rises Must Converge (short)

2015 Resztki / Remainder

Cast & Crew

director Omer Fast
screenplay Omer Fast (based on Tom K. McCarty's novel)
cinematography Lukas Strebel
editing Andrew Bird
music Dirk Dresselhaus
cast Tom Sturridge, Cush Jumbo, Ed Speleers, Danny Webb
producer Natasha Dack Ojumu, Malte Grunert
production Tigerlily Productions, Amusement Park Film
sales The Match Factory
language English
colouration colour