Sundance Film Festival chooses Iranian shorts


TEHRAN – Two Iranian shorts will compete at the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah, January 20-30.

The films are the acclaimed animation “The Fourth Wall” by Mahbubeh Kalai and “Orthodontics” directed by Mohammadreza Mayqani.

“The Fourth Wall” shows a stammering boy who transforms Iranian cuisine into a fantastic cosmos. The father’s body becomes a refrigerator, the mother’s womb a washing machine whose spinning gives birth to a screaming baby. Even birds on tiles and detergents have surprising lives.

This exuberant animation, interspersed with real-life elements – fried eggs, broken plates, pieces of cheese – develops a subtle spirit, ironicizing rooted family models.

Produced at the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center, the film has been screened at numerous international events and won several awards.

The film won the Zlatko Grgic Prize at the 31st Animafest Zagreb in Croatia and an Honorable Mention at the Leeds International Film Festival in England.

“Orthodontics” tells the story of Amitis, a teenage girl who still wears a head covering as part of orthodontic treatment, suddenly does something strange to her friend Sarah.

The films screened at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia in November, but did not win any awards.

82 titles, including 39 from first-time directors, were selected from 3,762 feature film submissions to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

“We’ve been through a lot in the last couple of years and I think it’s had a huge influence on what artists focus on,” said Sundance Programming Director Kim Yutani.

Photo: “Orthodontics” by Mohammadreza Mayqani.



Darcy J. Skinner