By Urban Cinefile (Reposted from: http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=20603&s=Features)
Reza Dormishian's I'm Not Angry! and Shahram Mokri's Fish & Cat, Opening & Closing Night films, will bookend a varied program that goes from 13 to P, the former about a youngster, the latter about an old recluse, in this year’s Iranian Film Festival around Australia.
I'm Not Angry
Struggling to deal with his parents’ divorce and constant abuse at school, 13 year old Behmani lashes out. He finds solace in a group of older street kids. They treat him as an adult and as one of their own. He soon gets in over his head when he becomes entangled in their own complex lives. Not truly understanding the consequences of his involvement within the group and their affiliates, Behmani finds himself stuck amid a murder. Hooman Seyedi’s debut film is a burst of youthful rage and a reflection on the concerns with modern adolescence.
P is a short film about an old recluse, living in ancient ruins, who is constantly taunted by the children. “Pedarsag” (Old Dog) they call him. But one child finds another word beginning with “P” and takes him to visit the strange white bird in the botanical gardens. A poetic pre-Revolutionary film about difference from Parviz Kimiavi, one of Iran’s most prominent directors, say the organisers.
And by way of contrast, Red Carpet is a documentary made about Cannes – from the outside. Struggling to make it in Iran, actor and director Reza Attaran travels to Cannes in hopes of making it big. He’s looking to pass on some ideas to festival director Steven Spielberg, as well as rub shoulders with such American greats as Woody Allen. He soon realizes how distancing and difficult being a “nobody” can be at a major festival and has to become more inventive to get himself onto the coveted red carpet. A fish-out-of-water story that’s sure to get a few laughs, while commenting on the state of fame in today’s film industry.
Opening night film, I'm Not Angry! - a love story set amidst the Green Movement, the wave of political protests around 2009 - has made waves back in Iran at Fajr and the recent Iranian Critics Awards, where it collected Best Actor. The film has also premiered at the 64th Berlinale and scored three top new talent awards at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival, including Best Film.
Fish & Cat
Closing night film Fish & Cat is a technically impressive film, shot in a single take with a new approach to time and space in storytelling. Based on a true story about a restaurant that served minced human flesh for food, it tells how a number of students have traveled to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kite-flying event during the winter solstice. Next to their camp is a small hut occupied by three cooks who work at a nearby restaurant. The cooks are looking for some meat to cook and there is no one around other than the young students.
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