FISH and CAT
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Tuesday November 11
FISH & CAT
drama 2013 / Iran / Persian with English subtitles / 134 minutes / Format: DCP
Director: Shahram Mokri Cast: Abed Abest, Mona Ahmadi, Ainaz Azarhoush Print Source: Iranian Independents
Fish & Cat is an intense thriller that mixes American conventions with Middle Eastern insight. Based on an actual incident, the grim story involves a kite flying contest, a group of innocent of spectators, and a restaurant that may be serving suspicious meat. Told in real time, all in one long, continuous shot, we follow the parties in question as they confront their ultimate fates: a group of college students on a road-trip who want to see the kites, and a small group of men— who happen to be cooks—camping nearby. Actions play out as the camera’s perceptive eye reveals clues that make themselves known gradually through the actions of the perpetrators and their planned victims. But all is not what it appears in this subtle game of shifting observation and ominous dread. Exceedingly creative and innovative in scope, Fish & Cat was the winner of the Horizons Award at the Venice Film Festival.