89 MIN
July 12th
Cinema House, H. Malyan Hall
July 12th
Cinema House, H. Malyan Hall

In order to visit his ailing mother, the introverted Matthew leaves Montreal to return to his native Winnipeg. But time and space seem to have been inverted in this absurdist, deadpan comedy: strangely enough, everyone in the isolated Canadian metropolis speaks Farsi. And look: like in a Kiarostami's film, two children are embarking on a quest that Matthew gets caught up in, too. Both a declaration of love to Iranian culture and a meditation on the curious geographical and mental space of the elusive giant that is Canada.

Cast & Crew
Producer: Sylvain Corbeil
Director: Matthew Rankin
Script: Matthew Rankin, Pirouz Nemati, Ila Firouzabadi
Director of Photography: Isabelle Stachtchenko
Production Design: Louisa Schabas
Music: Amir Amiri, Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Sound: Pablo Villegas, Sacha Ratclliffe, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Editing: Xi Feng
Cast: Rojina Esmaeili, Saba Vahedyousefi, Mani Soleymanlou, Matthew Rankin, Pirouz Nemati
Production. Metafilms Inc.

Audience Award, Directors' Fortnight, Cannes IFF, 2024

Matthew Rankin
Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg and studied history at McGill and Université Laval. Matthew is the director of some forty films which have been presented at prestigious international film festivals. His first feature,

The Twentieth Century, was awarded the 2020 FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin FF and proclaimed Best Canadian First Feature at the 2019 Toronto IFF. He is not entirely certain where he lives but is frequently spotted in Montréal.

Filmography (selected)
Le facteur poulpe (short, 2005), Où est Maurice? (short, 2006), I Dream of Driftwood (short, 2008), Sharhé-Halé Shakhsi: M. Rankin (short, 2008), Cattle Call (short, 2008), Hydro-Lévesque (short, 2010), Negativipeg (short, 2010), Tabula Rasa (short, 2012), Mynarski Death Plummet (short, 2014), The Radical Expeditions of Walter Boudreau (short, 2015), The Tesla World Light (short, 2017), The Twentieth Century (2019), Municipal Relaxation Module (short, 2022), Universal Language (2024).