Shahram Mokri

Iran, 2020 / 135 min / Farsi OV with English or French subt. / Drama

On a very ordinary day, four ordinary people decide to set fire to a cinema packed with people.

Forty years ago, during the uprising to overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran, protestors set fire to cinemas as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theatre was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive. Forty years have passed and, in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn a cinema down. Their intended target is a theatre showing a film about an unearthed, unexploded missile. A crowd gathers outside the theater in anticipation. Past and present, fact and fiction merge as the world begins to bend toward surreality.

“A thoughtless criminal act attempts to recreate significant historical events. But this movie does not try to re-enact history; rather it’s about Cinema itself.” Director’s statement by Shahram Mokri


Sat 06/03 19:00 Cinémathèque Farsi OV with EN subt. Public
Sun 07/03 10:00 Ciné Utopia Public
Tue 09/03 19:15 Ciné Utopia Farsi OV with FR subt. Public
Thu 11/03 19:15 Ciné Utopia Farsi OV with FR subt.

Careless Crime´s warping of the time and space through film-within-a-film and screen-in-a-screen devices bridging the different realms of the film´s multiverse. The director´s unique style resulting from the amalgamation of American genre cinema and European arthouse sets Mokri´s works aside from his contemporaries. Elements of horror cinema vanished under the codes of mystery thrillers, ascetic surrealism infuses an air of Persian magical realism in the contemporary Iran social drama, all the idiosyncratic aspects organically weaved into the trans-genre quilt..” Martin Kudlac, ScreenAnarchy, 21/09/2020

Careless Crime is a challenging drama whose episodic, at times fragmented approach to storytelling results in a movie about people not looking out for each other and the catastrophes that could follow. This is definitely not an easy film to watch, but one which packs quite a punch and will leave its audience confused and irritated.” Rouven Linnarz, AsianMoviePulse, 08/09/2020

  • Bisato d’Oro Award for the Best Screenplay – Venice Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
  • Silver Hugo Jury Prize, Chicago International Film Festival, 2020 (USA)
  • Best Scriptwriter, Dhaka International Film Festival, 2021 (Bangladesh)
Cast & Credits
Babak Karimi, Razieh Mansouri, Abolfazl Kahani, Mohammad Sareban, Adel Yaraghi, Mahmoud Behraznia
Nasim Ahmadpour, Shahram Mokri
Alireza Barazandeh
Parviz Abnar
Amir Esbati
Ehsan Sedigh
Karnameh Institute of Arts and Culture
DreamLab Films

Born in Kermanshah, Iran, in 1978, Shahram Mokri graduated in cinema from Tehran’s Soureh College. He’s been making short films since 2000 and has edited TV dramas and series, short fiction films and documentaries. Ashkan, The Charmed Ring And Other Stories, his debut feature film, had its international premiere at Busan International Film Festival in 2009. Fish & Cat (2013), his second feature, was selected at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and won the special Orizzonti Award for innovative content. Invasion (2017), his third feature, debuted at the 2017 Berlinale. Careless Crime (2020) is his fourth feature film and was once again part of the Orizzonti strand in Venice.

  • 2020 – Careless Crime
  • 2017 – Invasion
  • 2013 – Fish & Cat
  • 2010 – Raw, Cooked and Burnt (short)
  • 2009 – Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories
  • 2007 – Ando-C (short)
  • 2006 – This is the Question (short)
  • 2005 – Limit of Circle (short)
  • 2002 – Dragonfly Storm (short)
  • 2000 – Electric Shock and Fly (short)