Directed by Mina Bozorgmehr, Hadi Kamali Moghadam • 2017 • Iran
The rich Persian symbolic world is completely maxed out in an adventurous Iranian film about an artist's inner fantasy world. Fables, folklore, and Persian mythology meet in the adventurous Iranian docu-fiction 'Janbal', which takes place on the island of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf – and in the artist Mousa's wild, inner fantasy world. A world where everything is possible, and where the boundaries between reality and dream are blurred. Mousa makes his art from old clothes found on the beach, where legend says that the islanders sacrificed the clothes of the deceased to the sea goddess so that she could cleanse their souls. A story from which a new story about love soon grows. The romance between Mousa and the female djinn (spirit) which emanates before him ties together the many golden threads in the rich tapestry of mythical references, in a film that goes full out when it comes to the Persian culture's rich symbolic world. And at the same time, the directing duo Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam unite the ancient myths with a cinematic expression that is both contemporary and deeply personal.