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)
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.
77th Venice International Film Festival.