Umbra by Saeed JafarianUMBRA (2018)

A FILM BY Saeed Jafarian

SYNOPSIS:

A few minutes after midnight, the young lady realizes that her partner disappeared after they had sex. She goes out worried to seek her partner in the darkness of the streets.

TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • Original Title: TARIKI
  • English Title: UMBRA
  • Genre: Drama / Mystery
  • Year of production: 2018
  • Runtime: 15 min
  • Country: IRAN
  • Color: Color
  • Aspect Ratio: Scope, 2.35:1
  • Sound: Dolby 5.1

ARTISTIC & TECHNICAL CREW:

  • Director: SAEED JAFARIAN
  • Producer: RAMBOD JAVAN
  • Writers: FATEMEH ABDOLI – SAEED JAFARIAN
  • D.O.P: MASOUD AMINI TIRANI
  • Editor: EMAD KHODABAKHASH
  • Set and Costume Designer: FATEMEH ABDOLI
  • Cast: MAHSA ALAFAR – BANIPAL SHOOMOON
  • Music: HESAM OHADI
  • Sound Designer: HOSSEIN GHOURCHIAN
  • Sound Recordist: MEHRAN BEHROUZINIA
  • Makeup Head: PEDRAM ZARGAR
  • Production Manager: AMIR JAMSHIDI
  • First Assistant Director: MOHAMMAD HASSAN KOLAHI
  • Assistant Director: TAHA GHODSI
  • Colorist: MOHSEN KHEIRABADI
  • Graphic Designer: BEHZAD MOTEBAHERI
  • Still Photographer: ALI BAYAT

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

UMBRA is a short film about limitations and the charm of freeness. The idea of an unknown world of absolute freeness and the darkness that lives within lures you towards itself. The twist in this film is accepting the temptation of entering a world by a woman. She knows that this world may not even be pleasant, but it’s new, and that makes it exciting for her. What triggers the woman to gives in to the temptation is her sexual desires. Therefore, UMBRA is about breaking boundaries and untangling yourself from the fear of being free, especially for women in Iran. This film takes place in the midnight of Tehran which in reality is a place where women won’t enter and it’s a completely new world of freeness compared to the day.

Saeed Jafarian

Saeed Jafarian

BIOGRAPHY OF DIRECTOR:

Born 1981 in Tehran, Iran. An interest in cinema led Jafarian to begin writing film criticism for Iranian magazines such as Hamshahri Javan, 24 and Cinema. After graduating from Azad University Tehran in Electronics Engineering and Iranian Youth Cinema Society in 2006, he made his first short docudrama, PD 150 about filmmaking. To date, he has made several independent short films, short and long documentaries and many music videos and video arts. He was also manager of Story Workshop in Hamshahri office (2008-2009) and member of editorial board in Cinema Magazine (2009). His short film TARIKI was selected for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Competition.

FILMOGRAPHY OF DIRECTOR:

  • PD 150 (2006) – Docudrama, 21 minutes
  • BALCONY (2007) – Short, 4 minutes
  • FRACTAL MONSTER (2010) – Short, 30 minutes
  • MUSTACHE: A SAD STORY ABOUT EXTINCTION (2010) – Documentary Feature, 70 minutes
  • NO END CHABAHAR (2011) – Docudrama, 40 minutes
  • FOR SOCCER (2012 -2013) – Documentary TV Series, About 300 minutes
  • STRESS (2015) – Documentary Feature, 70 minutes
  • UMBRA (2018) – Short, 15 minutes

COMPANY CREDITS:

  • Festival Distributor: FiDAN

FESTIVAL(S) & AWARD(S):

  • Cannes film festival | Official selection short film competition
  • Toronto International Film Festival | Short Cuts Competition
  • AFI FEST | International Competition
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival | International Competition
  • St. Louis International Film Festival | Short Film Competition
  • Cork Film Festival | International Competition
  • Brussels short film festival | International Competition
  • Seattle International Film Festival | Short Film Competition
  • San Joaquin International Film Festival | International Competition
  • Cortas Vila do Conde | International Short Film Competition
  • 20minmax short film festival | International Competition
  • Silhouette Film Festival | International Competition
  • Batumi International Film Festival | Short Film International Competition
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival | National Competition

UMBRA Official Trailer from FiDAN – Short Film Distribution on Vimeo.

Short URL: http://fidanfilm.ir/en/b/2T4