Tehran-geles by Arash Nassiri wins prize at the Melbourne International Film Festival
Tehran-geles, directed by Arash Nassiri and produced by Eric Prigent, won the RMIT University Award for Best Experimental Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). This intriguing film is recently acquired for the Han Nefkens H+F Collection.
Though radicalism is implied in the designation – the experimental film – the reality is that non-linear film works have developed their own century-long traditions and expressions. Nassiri’s astonishing and mesmerising film, that blurs the lines between animation and the real, between science fiction and documentary, is a visually inventive exploration of what the future of the moving image might look like. In its structure and its editing, it uses the language of cartography to take us on a journey through a landscape that might be Tehran, that might be Los Angeles, or just might be a mutant metropolis born of the tensions arising from exile and belonging. In a word, stunning.