The Black Cat is the second full length film by Iranian director Karim Mohammad-Amini
It’s a story about the contemporary reality of the young generation in Iran — young people who face inevitable conflicts with traditional conservative values.
Nowadays rap is very popular among Iranian youth. However, this genre is not accepted as decent by the government and songs cannot be released legally. Artists are forced to act illegally, just like their fans — urban folks whose dreams and hopes have changed with the access to the Internet and social media.
Popular Iranian actor Bahram Radan plays himself in the film and acts as the host of a TV show broadcasted live through a digital platform. By accident he encounters a problem affecting his personal and professional life caused by a group of young people.
The Cemil Show is the full length debut of the Turkish director Baris Sarhan. He made a short by the same name in 2015 and now returns to the character Cemil to tell his story in 2020 in a thriller about the dark and irresistible temptations of fame.
Cemil dreams to be an actor and goes to an audition for the role of a villain in a fiction film that’s a remake of a low budget Turkish classic from the 60s. The director is not impressed so Cemil looks for alternative ways to get the part. He tries to get in touch with Turgay Gural — the actor who played the part all those years ago. However, he was found dead in his apartment and Cemil was shocked by the fact that an actor like that could be so lonely and forgotten. The path on which Cemil goes to get the part turns into a chaotic storm in which the life of Turgay Gural, the part of the villain and his own identity get intertwined.
The first full feature film Ravine by the Hungarian director Balázs Krasznahorkai tells the story of an obstetrician who leaves his home village in Maramures, Romania, to go and study at a medical school in Budapest. 17 years later he returns home for Easter for the funeral of his father and faces the reality of having a son who he did know existed up to that moment. This brings him back to the dark and unsettled world he left behind.
“Ravine is a ballad about the contemporary while it takes place surrounded by enchanting nature. Through the revival of a relationship between father and son the story poses questions about the power of family relations and contradictions between people; about the destiny which connects crime and punishment about the chance for redemption and starting over…” says the director.
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