Careless Crime


Careless Crime

Shahram MokriIran – 2020

Forty years ago, during the uprising to overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran, protestors set fire to movie theaters as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theater was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive. Forty years have passed and, in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn a cinema down. Their intended target is a theater showing a film about an unearthed, unexploded missile. Will past and present meet?

Original Title Careless Crime
German Title Careless Crime
French Title Careless Crime
Other Titles Careless Crime - Jenayat-e bi deghat
Directed by Shahram Mokri
Country Iran
Available Formats DCP
Screenplay Nasim Ahmadpour, Shahram Mokri
Film Editing Shahram Mokri
Soundtrack Ehsan Sedigh
Cinematography Alireza Barazandeh
Sound Parviz Abnar
Décors Amir Esbati
Costumes Amir Esbati
Production Negar Eskandarfar
Runtime 134 Min.
Language Farsi/d + f + i
Babak Karimi Mohsen
Razie Mansori Elham
Abolfazl Kahani Takbali
Mohammad Sareban Faraj
Adel Yaraghi Majid
Mahmoud Behraznia Yadollah
Behzad Dorani Fallah

«Shahram Mokri zählt zu den spannendsten Cineasten der Gegenwart. Während andere Filmschaffende das Prinzip des endlosen Plan séquence verwenden, um eine lineare Handlung in einem atemlosen Zug zu erzählen, gelang Mokri in seinen One-Take-Filmen Fish & Cat (2013) und Invasion (2018) das Kunststück, die Linearität der Erzählzeit von der Linearität der erzählten Zeit abzukoppeln: Ereignisse wiederholen sich, aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven, ohne dass je geschnitten würde. In seinem neuen Film Careless Crime (2020) verzichtet Mokri zwar auf das Prinzip des One-Take, doch die erzählerischen Schleifen sind geblieben und werden obendrein mit verschiedenen Wirklichkeitsebenen verwoben.» Filmpodium, Michel Bodmer

«A thoughtless criminal act attempts to recreate significant historical events. But this movie does not try to re-enact history; rather it’s about Cinema itself.» Shahram Mokri

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