The Pot and the Oak

Kiarash Anvari

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 72'
  • Iran
  • 2017

Iranian filmmaker Kiarash Anvari’s own doubts and fears formed the inspiration for this taut, ironically stylised tragicomedy with a philosophical bent about a playwright in crisis. He is not only wrestling with the ending of a play based on his own slowly dying marriage to an theatre actress, but also with the results of a test he has undergone without his wife’s knowledge: he is infertile!
His injured pride and unreasonable outbursts are not helping any. With a fine sense of the absurd, the play and its author’s life become increasingly intertwined in The Pot and the Oak. Things come to a head when, as if all this wasn’t enough, an old flame of his wife’s turns up – a director who offers her a role. Driven by jealousy, the tormented writer resolves to ensure that the denouement goes according to his wishes.

Director
Kiarash Anvari
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Iran, Canada
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
72'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Goldan va derakht-e baloot
Language
Farsi
Producers
Kiarash Anvari / Sweet Delight Pictures, Majid Barzegar
Production Company
Sweet Delight Pictures
Sales
RAMONDAParis
Screenplay
Kiarash Anvari, Sadaf Foroughi
Cinematography
Sina Kermanizadeh
Editor
Emad Khodabakhsh
Sound Design
Arash Ghasemi
Cast
Mehran Nael, Sadaf Foroughi, Banipal Shoomoon, Mahvash Afsharpanah, Bahareh Riahi, Mahan Khorshidi