Cinema Donkey

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    Cinema Donkey

    Cinema Har

    Directed by

    Iran

    2019

    78 min

    • Persian

    Comedy

    A film crew arrives in a small village in the mountains of Iran. A filmmaker who came back to Iran to make an art film for an overseas film festival, a producer who forced his way in through personal connections to work in the film industry, and staff members who finally got a gig after long periods of unemployment are in need of a “professional donkey” for the day’s shooting. The director wants to make an artistic, humanitarian, and meaningful film, but there is not enough budget and she constantly clashes with her inexperienced staff. Through a simple, comedic story, this film cynically questions the meaning of filmmaking in this day and age, as well as the meaning of categories such as art film, indie film, and humanitarian film. It also adds a humorous commentary about conflicting human desires through scenes shot from the donkey’s point-of-view.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
     Pooria Shakibai
    Sahar Sabagh-Seresht
    Babak Noori
    Hasan Rezai
    Mohsen Delikhon
    Shahriar Heydari
    Screenplay
    Shahed Ahmadlou
    Cinematography
    Mohsen Fallahi
    Editing
    Kaveh Imani
    Music
    Satar Oraki 
    Sales
    7TH ART INDEPENDENT FILM DISTRIBUTION
    Production
    ALI YAVAR
    Shahed Ahmadlou

    Shahed Ahmadlou

    Iran

    Born in 1974, Tehran. He has diploma in graphic design and a bachelor’s degree in painting from the Tehran School of Art and Architecture. He started his career as a cinema actor and acted in several films by Masoud Kimai. He then began making experimental films, some of which won awards from domestic and international festivals. CINEMA DONKEY (2019) is his latest film.