Careless Crime

  • 134'
  • Iran
  • 2020

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 started for real the year before with the burning of a movie theatre in Ābādān: the Cinema Rex. On the day of the fire, 19 August 1978, the Rex was showing one of the most popular films of recent make: Masoud Kimiai’s noir-actioner-turned-siege-huis clos, The Deer (1974). The venue was packed and hundreds died. Soon, other cinemas would burn – next, the nation.

With its surprising mix of fiction feature and essay, Careless Crime is one of modern cinema’s most surprising treatises on history and film – how one screening can shape collective memory. However, Shahram Mokri does not simply recreate the attack. Instead, he shows contemporary characters obsessing about the events: four men walk around like the alleged arsonists’ revenants looking for a cinema to burn, a group of young women arrange a special screening of The Deer at a magical spring, etc. What a ride!

Director
Shahram Mokri
Country of production
Iran
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
134'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Jenayat-e bi deghat
Language
Persian
Producer
Negar Eskandarfar
Production Company
Karnameh Institute of Art and Culture
Sales
DreamLab Films
Screenplay
Nasim Ahmadpour, Shahram Mokri
Cinematography
Alireza Barazandeh
Editor
Shahram Mokri
Production Design
Amir Esbati
Sound Design
Parviz Abnar
Music
Ehsan Sedigh
Cast
Babak Karimi, Razieh Mansouri, Abolfazl Kahani, Mohammad Sareban, Adel Yaraghi, Mahmoud Behranznia, Behzad Dorani