IFFA21: CARELESS CRIME (Jenayat-E Bi Deghat) 134 mins

  • IFFA21: CARELESS CRIME
  • IFFA21: CARELESS CRIME
  • IFFA21: CARELESS CRIME
  • IFFA21: CARELESS CRIME

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Saturday, 22 May
7:00PM 

On a very ordinary day, four ordinary people decide to set fire to a cinema packed with people.

Forty years ago, during the uprising to overthrow the Shah's regime in Iran, protestors set fire to movie theatres as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theatre was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive.

Forty years have passed and, in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn a cinema down. Their intended target is a theatre showing a film about an unearthed, unexploded missile. Will past and present meet?

Director’s Profile:
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. 'Ashkan, The Charmed Ring And Other Stories, his debut feature film, had its international premiere at Busan IFF in 2009. 'Fish & Cat', his second feature, was selected at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and won the special Orizzonti Award for innovative content. 'Invasion', his third feature, was selected at the 2017 Berlinale. All his films have had great success, both with film critics and the public

WINNER, Best Original Screenplay, Venice Film Festival (2020)
WINNER, Silver Hugo Jury Prize, Chicago International Film Festival (2020)
WINNER, Best Scriptwriter at the 19th Dhaka International Film Festival (2021)

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
A thoughtless criminal act attempts to recreate significant historical events. But this movie does not try to re-enact history; rather it’s about Cinema itself.

BIOGRAPHY
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. ‘Ashkan,  The  Charmed  Ring  And  Other  Stories,  his  debut  feature  film,  had  its international premiere at Busan IFF in 2009.‘Fish  &  Cat’,  his second feature,  was selected at the 70th Venice International  Film  Festival and won the Special Orizzonti Award for innovative content.‘Invasion’, his third feature, was selected at the 2017 Berlinale. All his films have had great success, both with film critics and the public.

'Careless Crime' is indeed a triumph in Shahram Mokri's filmography. Richly-layered, mind-bendingly structured, 'Careless Crime' transcends the plentiful genres it manages to sophisticatedly assimilate. - Screen Anarchy

'Time doesn’t just shift in Shahram Mokri’s Iranian drama about a fire at a cinema that killed 478, it also folds like origami and pirouettes, the past and present so close as they dance they can feel each other’s breath.' - Eye for Film - UK