Directed by Shahram Mokri (Iran, 2017, 102 min.). Persian with English subtitles.
Eternal darkness seems to shroud the stadium where men with bizarre tattoos pursue a sport that is never shown or named. A body has been found here, and the police have already identified a guilty party. Now the circumstances of the crime are to be reconstructed, so that the case can be quickly shelved. However, the real killer and his teammates want to use the reconstruction to commit another crime. The twin sister of the victim, who is said to be a vampire, is to be killed. But during the re-enactment of the murder, the players forget their roles, chaos breaks out, and the characters seem to be caught in an endless loop in which events repeat themselves in different ways.
The disquieting feeling that time is dissolving; that past, present, and future are becoming one; and that history has been halted is likely to strike a chord with how many young Iranians feel about their lives. Shahram Mokri’s intimate drama ominously interweaves place, space, and time in the stadium’s labyrinthine corridors to form a dark allegory.
Synopsis courtesy of the Berlin International Film Festival.
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