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Fish & Cat

Mahi va Gorbeh

Iran | 2013 | 134 minutes | Shahram Mokri

Bold innovation defines Shahram Mokri’s dazzling drama about a group of university students who encounter mysterious rural locals on their vacation. A single, two-hour shot tracks an elliptical narrative that blurs the lines between the stalker and the stalked.

May 19, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 22, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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A standout at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films Festival, Shahram Mokri’s dazzling drama FISH & CAT opens with a bloody title card that recounts the real-life case of a restaurant that secretly served human flesh. But this is no cheap slasher flick—rather, it is a bravura tour of genres which includes black comedy, romance, ghost story, family saga, and, okay, perhaps a soupçon of horror. A single two-hour shot (masterfully accomplished by A Separation cinematographer Mahmud Kalari) tracks an elliptical narrative that moves fluidly through a series of interconnected stories. The trouble begins when a group of Tehran university students heads to a remote rural spot on a kite flying expedition. Lost, they stop at a roadside restaurant to ask for directions, only to be followed into the woods by a trio of creepy cooks. Atmospheric and absorbing, Fish & Cat is a bold formal experiment that effectively blurs the lines between the stalker and the stalked.

Director Biography

Shahram Mokri (born 1977, Iran) started making short films in 2000. His debut feature film, Ashkan, The Charmed Ring and Other Stories, had its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2009. Mokri’s second feature, Fish & Cat, premiered at Venice and was awarded the Creativity in Content Prize. His shorts include Electric Shock and Fly (2000) and Dragonfly Storm (2002).

Director: Shahram Mokri
Principal Cast: Babak Karimi, Saeid Ebrahimifar, Siyavash Cheraghi Pour, Mohammad Berahmani
Country: Iran
Year: 2013
Running Time: 134 minutes
Producer: Sepehr Seifi
Screenplay: Shahram Mokri
Cinematographers: Mahmoud Kalari
Music: Christophe Rezai
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Dubai International Film Festival 2013 (Muhr AsiaAfrica Special Jury Prize), Venice International Film Festival 2013 (Horizons Award)
Filmography: Ashkan, The Charmed Ring and Other Stories (2009)
Language: Farsi
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Iranian Independents
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