First show: December 09

When a serial killer begins decapitating Tehran’s greatest film directors, a narcissistic auteur is jealous that he has yet to be targeted, at least until he becomes the prime suspect, in this farcical dark comedy from Mani Haghighi, director of 50 Kilos of Cherries and A Dragon Arrives.

A serial killer is stalking directors in Tehran, decapitating them, and carving the word “pig” into their severed heads. This is alarming to Hasan, himself a director, albeit an out-of-work one, thanks to a government blacklist. He fears for his life and the lives of his friends. But as film luminaries go down one after another (including one much-regretted “Mani Haghighi”), Hasan starts to wonder, “Why not me? What have they got that I don’t?” In fact, the killer’s neglect occasions a massive crisis of self-doubt—Hasan has been reduced to making commercials for bug spray, and his actress girlfriend (Leila Hatami, A Separation) has just agreed to star in the latest film by his biggest rival. Hasan’s mother reassures him that the killer’s just saving the best for last, but when rumors start to circulate that he may himself be the killer, he’s driven to take matters into his own hands. A strobe-lit, pop art-colored black comedy about artistic vanity run amok!

Selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.Directed and written by Mani Haghighi. With Hasan Majuni, Leila Hatami, Leili Rashidi. Iran. 108 min. Comedy – Drama. 2017. In Farsi with English subtitles.

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