February 10 at 9pm & February 15 at 8:30pm | With visual splendor reminiscent of Jodorowsky and Kubrick, this Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner is a spellbinding cinematic abstraction set in a border city during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, where the threat of death is all encompassing. After a bomb is dropped in his backyard, killing his daughters and leaving a gigantic pit in its wake, a father embarks on a journey to find those responsible. Abest uses arresting visuals - including literal rivers of blood, hypnotic overhead perspective, and powerful sound design - to convey the horrors of war, in a film that is unsettling and unforgettable. Chicago premiere.


Awards & Nominations

Winner - Grand Jury Prize, Breakouts, Slamdance Film Festival
Winner - Best CGI Visual Effect, US3F - Universal Sci-fi & Fantastic Film Festival
Nominee - Jury Award, Best Film, Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival
Nominee - Grand Prixx, Best Film, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival


Festival of Films from IranThe festival endures as a showcase that has brought the innovation, resilience, and humanism of one of the world’s great national cinemas to Chicago audiences over three decades. Now, more than ever, the voices of Iranian artists need to be heard in exploring our shared humanity through history, compassion, comedy, and love. Whether you are a longtime supporter or completely new to Iranian cinema, please join us in discovery! View full festival here.


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