Fish & Cat
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    Fish & Cat

    Mahi Va Gorbeh

    Directed by



    137 min

    • Farsi


    A number of students have traveled to the Caspian region in order to participate in a kiteflying event during the winter solstice. Next to their camp is a small hut occupied by three cooks who work at a nearby restaurant. The cooks are looking for some meat to cook and there’s no one around other than the young students. The film is based on a true story about a restaurant that served minced human flesh for food and is shot in a single take.


    • Special Orizzonti Award for Innovative Content - Venice IFF
    • Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature Special Jury Prize - Dubai IFF
    • FIPRESCI Jury Prize, E-changer Prize - Fribourg IFF



    Babak Karimi
    Saeed Ebrahimi Far
    Abed Abes
    Shahram Mokri

    Director's Statement

    FISH & CAT is a film about time. It’s about how to make a perspective within time and, thereby, unhinge time. What fascinated me about making this film was the style of its execution: the insistence on a fictional narrative style within the bounds of single shot and the attempt to create fissures in time during that single shot. I chose to tell a true story in this film, a true story which, nevertheless, resembles a nightmare.

    Shahram Mokri

    Shahram Mokri


    Born in Marand, Iran in 1977, he studied film at Sooreh University in Tehran and then began making short films. He has also worked as an editor on television films, series, short films and documentaries. His feature film debut ASHKAN, THE CHARMED RING AND OTHER STORIES (2009) premiered at the Busan International Film Festival. It was followed by FISH & CAT (2013) which won a Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, screened at over 60 festivals worldwide and was a huge box-office hit in Iran. INVASION is his third feature film.

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