Archive of films Zapata / Amozadegan

2023, 78 min

Section: Another Birth. Iranian Cinema Here and Now
Year: 2023


The third outing for Danesh Eghbashavi was filmed with two iPhones, a small hand-held camera, a GoPro action camera, and the appreciable influence of Roger Corman. This rousing genre blend of comedy, detective story and mockumentary demonstrates that, even in the present day, independent film can incorporate aspects of the revolutionary gesture. In a brisk and complex way it tells a story which might suggest it was filmed by its protagonists as a live broadcast. The sophisticated narrative composition is akin to the process of opening out Chinese nested boxes – the characters know what is going to happen and they provide the appropriate commentary as well. Archive shots are also added to the mix. An explosive world premiere.

Lorenzo Esposito

About the director

Danesh Eghbashavi

Danesh Eghbashavi (1979, Abadan, Iran). Filmography: Taj Mahal (2013), Never (Hihat, 2016), Zapata (2022).


Ariana Films Distribution
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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Another Birth. Iranian Cinema Here and Now
Director: Danesh Eghbashavi
Screenplay: Karim Nikoonazar
Dir. of Photography: Ali Ehsani
Music: Abozar Kohanzadeh
Sound: Amir Nobakht, Mohammad Mehdi Javaherizadeh
Editor: Ehsan Sheibani
Art Director: Sahar Shahamat
Producer: Iraj Taghipoor
Production: Neshane Ltd.
Cast: Reza Massoudi, Mahya Sadr, Amir Samavati, Iman Gheiratmand, Mani Sedighi, Elham Shakib
Sales: Ariana Films Distribution


Danesh Eghbashavi

Film Director

Mohammadreza Masoudi


Oveis Toofani

Art Director, Executive Producer

Sahar Shahamat

Set Designer


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