The Pot and the Oak
Saturday, October 19th I 8 PM I Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas
Drama, Satire I 72 Minutes I Canada
Banipal Shoomoon, Sadaf Foroughi
Kiarash Anvari, Majid Barzegar, Sadaf Foroughi
Sweet Delight Pictures
Kiarash Anvari, Sadaf Foroughi
In a searing indictment of male ego, Kiarash Anvari announces himself as a new Iranian-Canadian voice with this dark satire about a failing playwright whose life begins to collapse when he learns he’s sterile.
Borzoo struggles to find an ending to a play inspired by his marriage. At home, their relationship seems doomed as his wife, Hilda (played by Co-writer Sadaf Foroughi), reveals that she’s been asked to star in a hot new play by his rival. With scenes composed as if on a theatre stage, Borzoo’s increasingly fraught efforts to keep her around only manage to push her further as the film dives head first into his crisis. In keeping with Iran’s great cinematic tradition, Anvari toys with the boundary between fiction and reality as Borzoo stumbles toward a deliciously dark conclusion.
The Pot and the Oak is Kiarash Anvari’s debut feature as he joins a new cohort of Iranian filmmakers making waves internationally - Foroughi having debuted her feature, Ava, at TIFF 2017, and his brother Babak Anvari, who exploded onto the horror scene with Under the Shadow.
Co-presented with Cyrus International Film Festival.