IFFR 2017 – review – THE POT AND THE OAK (“Goldan va derakht-e baloot,” Kiarash Anvari, 2017, Iran/Canada)

Borzoo (Banipal Shomoon), an Iranian playwright, discovers that he is infertile. This triggers an existentialist crisis that immediately impacts his personal life, through the growing tensions in his marriage, and his professional life, through his inability to produce a successful play or even come up with an ending to the one he is currently writing.…

IFFR 2017 – review – HARUNEKO (Hokimoto Sora, 2017, Japan)

Haruneko, the directorial debut of Hokimoto Sora, is a work of cinema as a phenomenological manifestation. Much like some of the works of Andrei┬áTarkovsky, the screen and the images that are projected on it feel less like objects of pure deliberation and more like starting points for subjective, experiential readings. Haruneko presents us with a…