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THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS 14 “Fish & Cat”

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR YASUHIRO HARIKI PRESENTS
THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS

If you missed this film during our festival, I highly recommend that you try and see it in a theater or film festival nearest you, or why not rent out the video if it’s available.

“Fish & Cat”(2013 /Iran)
Directed by Shahram Mokri

134 minutes in one single cut…A true masterpiece.

I think this is the most stimulating film we have this year. It is also artistically sophisticated. Alfred Hitchcock and Aleksandr Sokurov tried this same technique, but this film, which wraps 134 minutes in one single cut, is amazing. Students assemble in a lakeside surrounded by a forest to participate in a kite flying event. From the nearby restaurant, cooks leave for the forest in search of cooking “meat”. Filled with an air of ill-omen, the camera moves indefinitely.

You get the taste of a horror film but you never see any horror scenes. An air of ill-omen just keeps pulling you further into the film. Just like David Lynch. The audience keeps on wandering through the film, filled with “uncertainty” that something terrible is going to happen. Yet they are brought back to the same place over and over again. Something like a Tarr Béla film from Hungary. The film might show another location but the camera comes right back to where everything began In short, there is no exit. The notion of the original title “A Cat Targeting a Fish” continues. This is something like what we all experience inside. The audience has no choice but to keep watching the film. I feel the film is the most modernistic motion picture of our time.

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