Hot young Iranian auteur Shahram Mokri is set to shoot Tehran-set “Hojoom” (“Attack”) following his standout “Fish & Cat,” the surreal single-take slasher of sorts that made an international splash after scooping the 2013 Venice fest’s special prize for innovative content.
Just like “Fish & Cat,” Mokri’s “Attack” will be shot in a single take.
As for the pic’s story, it’s about a sports team facing a crisis right before facing a key match, said Mokri, who is keeping further details under wraps, but added that the film will have “apocalyptic” aspects.
“Attack” is being produced by “Fish & Cat” producer Sepehr Seifi with the same crew as “Cat,” including ace lenser Mahmud Kalari (“A Separation”), who shot that pic’s bravura 134-minute single shot.
Plan is to start shooting “Attack” in July in Tehran with an ensemble cast comprising a troupe of theater actors and young Iranian talents, also like “Cat.”
“Cat,” about a group students attending a lakeside kite-running competition at a campsite near a restaurant believed to be serving human flesh, scored multiple nods on the international fest circuit after its boffo Venice bow. They include the Dubai fest Special Jury Prize and the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing. Pic screened at New York’s 43rd annual New Directors/New Films fest and recently at the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema in Los Angeles, with Mokri in tow.
“Attack” will be Mokri’s third feature after “Ashkan, the Charmed Ring and Other Stories,” and of course “Cat.” Both pics experiment “with nonlinear narrative, thriller elements and point of view,” as Variety critic Alissa Simon wrote in her “Cat” review.