Two people seated on chairs in a field of varying white chairs, with a black fence and parking lot in the background

YAVASHAKI (White Chairs)

Rendezvous With Madness Festival

Open captioned.

In his fourth feature, renowned Iranian filmmaker Reza Dormishian offers a surreal and visually inventive portrayal of a shared traumatic experience. Dormishian’s protagonists are Mat and Emily – two young people who have both lost their families to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. Although they never speak to each other, they share a strong bond. They are united by their loss, the tragedy that has never truly ceased. Using stop-motion technique and voiceover narration throughout his film, Dormishian chronicles the love story of two people whose relationship exists only in their minds. This is a love story that redefines the conventions of intimacy and captures the permanence of grief.

There will be a discussion following the screening. 76 minutes. Canadian premiere.

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