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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 84 MIN | 2013

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A frail, bearded man awakens in a foil-lined room. Equipped with a protective aluminum body suit and motorcycle, he rides through the vast and solitary megalopolis of an alternate-future Tehran at night. He travels between various scheduled appointments ranging from fumigating factories, experiencing virtual reality amusement rides and posing as target practice for a rich, blanks-firing dwarf. His experiences unfold organically as the night approaches dawn.

Director Vahid Vakilifar slowly and steadily creates a surreal yet minimalist world with strikingly composed long takes and an entrancing score. Amid a monolithic cityscape, the lone motorcyclist is small and solitary. Carefully framed architecture expounds on the man’s frailty in this atmospheric film. Using naturalistic lighting and sparse dialogue, Vakilifar constructs a new reality by simplifying rather than exaggerating his current one.

—Mallory Lance
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 84 minutes
Language: Farsi
Country: Iran
Premiere: US
Cast & Credits
Director: Vahid Vakilifar
Screenwriter: Vahid Vakilifar
Producer: Vahid Vakilifar, Fariba Rostami
Cinematographer: Mohammad-Reza Jahanpanah
: Vahid Vakilifar
Cast: Mohammad Rabbanipour
Composer: Keyhan Kalhor
Co-Producer: Fariba Rostami
Editor: Vahid Vakilifar
Executive Producer: Vahid Vakilifar
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About the Director(s)
VAHID VAKILIFAR was born in Kermanshah, Iran, in 1981. He graduated from Soureh University in Tehran and has been an assistant director and programmer on several features. His previous films include the 2004 short Havery and the 2010 feature Gesher.

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