This is the third film directed by one of Iran’s most talented and interesting filmmakers of his generation, whose debut film Fish and Cat was acclaimed in Venice in 2013 and won an award for Best Innovative Content. In modern-day Iran, an arson attack to a movie theater perpetrated by four individuals brings to mind the events of forty years earlier. In the late 1970s, when the revolution against the Shah’s regime broke out, some demonstrators began setting movie theaters on fire to protest against Western culture. The situation deteriorated when about 400 people burned to death in one of them.
SHAHRAM MOKRI (1978) is an Iranian filmmaker and screenwriter. His career spans different film formats including TV series and documentaries. In 2013 his feature film FISH AND CAT won the Special Jury Prize for Best Innovative Content in the Orizzonti section at the 70th Venice Film Festival, and in 2014 he was awarded the Youth Jury and FIPRESCI Awards as well as the Grand Prix at the Fribourg International Film Festival. In 2018, he presented INVASION at the Berlin Film Festival.