Archive of films Like a Fish on the Moon / Balaye aseman zire ab

Iran
2022, 78 min

Section: Proxima Competition
Year: 2022

Haleh and her husband Amir are having to cope with a tough situation: their four-year-old son Ilya has suddenly stopped talking. There is evidently no physiological cause, so they go to see a psychotherapist who comes up with a radical solution. Ilya’s mother, who has cared for him until now, is to take a back seat while the father assumes her role looking after the child. This change in the established order sends the family into a downward spiral of tension and aggression, and it's extremely difficult to see a way out.


Synopsis

Haleh and her husband Amir are facing a difficult situation: their four-year-old son Ilya has suddenly stopped talking. Various professional consultations reveal no physiological cause, so a psychotherapist comes up with an unusual solution. The boy’s mother, who has cared for him until now, is to take a back seat while the father assumes her role looking after the child. The tension generated by this change to their daily life only intensifies until the family gradually starts to lose control. This feature debut by director Dornaz Hajiha is not only an excellent study of human relationships bereft of spontaneity and the harrowing consequences this entails, but it is also a tale of the helplessness that all parents experience in their efforts to protect their beloved child.  

Anna Kořínek

About the director

Dornaz Hajiha (1988, Tehran). Filmography: Three, Four Days Ago (2010, short), Piece of Stake (2013, short), Opening Night (2013, short), Under the Same Roof (2014, short), Lost (2015), Marlon (2017, short), Marziyeh (2017, short), Like a Fish on the Moon​ (Balaye aseman zire ab, 2022).

Contacts

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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Proxima Competition
   
Director: Dornaz Hajiha
Screenplay: Dornaz Hajiha
Dir. of Photography: Alireza Barazande
Sound: Vahid Moghadasi
Editor: Ashkan Mehri
Producer: Ehsan Rasoulof
Cast: Sepidar Taherti, Shahdiyar Shakiba, Ali Ahmadi
Sales: Asian Shadows

Guests

Dornaz Hajiha

Film Director

Shahdyar Shakiba

Actor


Sepidarsadat Mirmohammadalitari

Actress

Diba Hajiha

Costume Designer, Production Designer


Yazdan Esmaeil Tabrizi

Assistant Director

Nirvana Parvizimotlagh

Assistant Producer


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