Synopsis

On the night of August 19, 1978, four men set fire to the Cinema Rex in the city of Abadan, killing over 400 people attending a screening of Masoud Kimiai’s “The Deer”. A milestone of the popular revolt that months later would overthrow the monarchic government, the traumatic episode is revisited through a labyrinthine fictional game that envisions the crime repeating itself in the dark theater. Upon visualizing the potential risk of the infinite in Iranian history, the film circumscribes cinema as a simultaneously unavoidable and disconcerting protagonist. *(L.B)

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Director

Shahram Mokri

Born in Kermanshah, Iran, on 17 August 1978, Shahram Mokri graduated in cinema from Tehran’s Soureh College. He's been making short films since 2000 and has edited 8 TV dramas, 2 TV series and over 20 successful short fictions and documentaries. All his films have had great success, both with film critics and the public.

Credits

Producers

Negar Eskandarfar

Writers

Nasim Ahmadpour, Shahram Mokri

Cinematographer

Alireza Barazandeh

Editor

Shahram Mokri

Sound

Parviz Abnar

Composer

Ehsan Sedigh

Art Director

Amir Esbati

Festivals

77th Venice International Film Festival.