44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Fat ShakerTG-2013 
Larzanandeye charbi

Did you see the one with the fat man and the leeches? I’d rather not, some will say, but then they'll miss one of the most unusual films of the festival. By an Iranian artist who doesn’t like telling his dreams and prefers to show them. Dreams that speak the truth.

Fat Shaker is no ordinary film - certainly not by Iranian standards. Its maker, Mohammad Shirvani, is an artist who uses powerful and occasionally absurd images. It’s fairly obvious that they say something about the situation in the country, but precisely what is left up to our imagination. Shirvani states concisely that the film aims to criticise the patriarchal system in Iran. The rest has to be told by the images.
The story is about a fat father (obviously the 'fat shaker') who tries to con money from women with his young and attractive yet deaf-and-dumb son. The son allows himself to be picked up by a few young women for light diversion; then they are stopped by the father, who intimidates them and shows a pair of handcuffs. The women have to pay.
At a certain point, father and son pick up a woman who does not allow herself to be intimidated, but takes things into her own hands. And then the film becomes even more surreal - if possible - and the images even stranger. When asked for an explanation, the maker refers to his dreams.
The role of the father is played by Levon Haftvan. He also plays the striking protagonist in the film Parviz (also at this festival). As part of the Inside Iran programme, Mohammad Shirvani has also made a special installation; see Elephant in Darkness in Signals: Inside Iran.

deze film staat volledig onterecht helemaal onderaan de publieksprijs maar ik vond het een fantastische ervaring, net of je ondergedompeld werd in een donkere, hypnotische zwaar surrealistische trip. Prachtig geregisseerd, leuk dat dit type films ook uit Iran komt, dat vroeger toch vooral bekend was om Neo-Realistische films. Terecht winnaar van een Tiger Award.
Webreview from William Hunt on 2 February 2013 23:18
Draak van een film. Geen enkele ontwikkeling in het verhaal of de personages. Ik was blij de zaal weer uit te kunnen!
Webreview from EmTV on 1 February 2013 16:03
Bijzonder, zeker voor Iraanse begrippen. Verfrissende maar soms ook misselijkmakend trillende cameravoering. Maar na een half uurtje wist ik het wel en verloor ik mijn belangstelling. Wel lekker dat er een spannende artistieke reveille is in Iran.
Webreview from ronald on 28 January 2013 16:50
I just wonder : do the filmmakers understand themself what did they try to say with it ?
I guess Not!
Webreview from Vera on 28 January 2013 10:20
Iran 2013
DirectorMohammad Shirvani
ProducerMohammad Shirvani
SalesMohammad Shirvani
ScenarioMohammad Shirvani
CastLevon Haftvan
 Maryam Palizban
 Hassan Rostami
 Navid Mohammadzadeh
PhotographyMohammad Shirvani
EditorMohammad Shirvani, Pouya Parsamagham
Production designMohammad Shirvani
Sound designBahman Ardalan
Film formatDCP
2013 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition European premiere

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