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Phantom Islands

Solas Nua's CIFF@Home with NYU DC present Phantom Islands.

2018 | Experimental Drama | Runtime: 86 minutes | English (No dialogue)

Phantom Islands is an experimental film directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi that exists at the boundary of documentary and fiction. It follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. This deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity.

Q&A with the director will stream live on Wednesday, November 10 • 6 PM ET / 11 PM IST

Registration will give you access to an on-demand film link to view any time between now and Nov 10.

This is a free screening series - donate what you can to help Solas Nua bring you quality Irish film programming and provocative discussion.

Live film discussion with director Rouzbeh Rashidi.

Phantom Islands was conceived as a creative documentary, a place where documentary and fiction become indistinguishable. At what point does a person or landscape that is filmed become fiction? At what point does a fictional construct collapse back into documentary reality? These questions have always haunted Rouzbeh Rashidi and played a crucial role in his filmmaking. He makes films with an almost documentary approach, using places and people that he encounters and responds to them with an uncommon degree of freedom and spontaneity. Rouzbeh’s films are constructed from accumulated footage rather than from a predetermined script, which is a documentary method. Phantom Islands consciously examines the tension between these two apparently opposing categories of filmmaking that seem less and less distinguishable the closer you look at them.

Hand-picked by Solas Nua's Capital Irish Film Festival, in partnership with NYU Washington DC, CIFF@Home  is a bi-monthly, curated series of Irish film. 

Selected for you to watch from the comfort of your own home, registration will give you access to an on-demand film link to view any time between now and Sept 29., as well as a live interactive Q&A that will be streamed via Zoom Webinar after you have watched the film on your own schedule.

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Rouzbeh Rashidi (born in Tehran, 1980) is an Iranian-Irish filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, at which time he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Rashidi has worked entirely away from mainstream conceptions of filmmaking, striving to escape conventional storytelling stereotypes. Instead, he roots his cinematic style in a poetic interaction of image and sound. His work is deeply engaged with film history, and primarily concerned with mysticism, philosophy, esotericism, cosmology, phenomenology, and hauntology. 


Registration is required in order to receive access to the on-demand film link, as well as the log-in details for the Zoom webinar. Please note that this program may be recorded. 

Live auto-transcript captioning will be available on this Zoom webinar.

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