The Prince of Nothingwood

Dir: Sonia Kronlund

France / Germany


85 mins



Qurban Ali, Sonia Kronlund, Salim Shaheen

Sonia Kronlund’s touching and often hilarious debut, this educative, crowd-pleasing documentary screened to acclaim in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2017. Its subject is Salim Shaheen, the Ed Wood of Afghanistan, seen during a week of filming for his latest production in Bamiyan – the ancient outpost where majestic Buddhas were blasted away by the Taliban.

A force of nature, Shaheen has managed to make and self-distribute no fewer than 110 films despite the country’s ongoing war and past conflicts. Keenly aware of the power of performance (he was the only member of his army unit to survive the 1982 Soviet-Afghan war by playing dead among genuine corpses), he uses an outsize charisma and confidence to fuel his productions – as well as notable innovations, such as using real blood and real guns with real ammunition. Making movies is, after all, a way to get away from the reality of war…

Bolstered by a cast of warmly flamboyant characters and Kronlund’s thoughtful voiceover – a radio journalist, she has been visiting and reporting from Afghanistan for over 15 years – it’s an intriguing and infectious story and a love letter to filmmaking, centred by its exuberant and extraordinary protagonist.

Booking Information


Vertigo Releasing

0203 141 3440


Release Date

15 December 2017

Available Formats


Blu-ray / DVD Bookings


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