Reza, having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and son in a remote location in northern Iran. He spends his days working in his goldfish farm. Nearby, a private company with close links to the government and local authorities, has taken control of nearly every aspect of life in the region. Resisting the pressure from the growing power of corruption, Reza faces a series of biblical setbacks to maintain his moral compass and keep his integrity.
The film programme for SIFA 2018, curated by the Asian Film Archive, features an international selection of exceptional new works celebrating independent voices across the world. From the adversity of fictive or real-life icons to the positions of the marginalised, the constellation of films hopes to respond to the general sentiment of the festival programming with ideas revolving around the notion of resistance and the experience of the individual.
Continuing the trend from past SIFA film programmes, this individualism can also be experienced and translated on screen through the singular visions embodied by the filmmakers. Valuing the ingenious and the risk-taking in cinema, Singular Screens hopes not only to be diverse in representation but bold in putting together its palette of cinematic adventures. Whether as illustrations of resilience, peculiarity or the extraordinary, the films and their characters will continue to project imagined futures and aspire for alternate possibilities amid larger circumstances.