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City of Tales

City of Tales

A Short film by Arash Nassiri

Produced by Jonas Films

Production year : 2017


    At night, the residents of Los Angeles become hosts for memories of Teheran. They no longer speak English, but instead a Persian dialect. Neon lights fill the streets with psychedelic colors. This ephemeral, changing space was filmed during celebrations for the Persian New Year held in the spring. During this interval of time, the memories of the people of Teheran were reconstituted in the urban landscape of Los Angeles. In a similar way to the "memory palace technique" devised by the ancient Romans, which used spatial visualization to memorize information, the physical space of the streets of Los Angeles was used to "house" memories of Teheran. The Persian New Year, a parenthesis in time, becomes a space in which this city of memories is displayed one last time in the streets of Los Angeles before it disappears.

    Production and distribution

    Executive Producer :

    Jonas Films

    Photos (5)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Elsa Klughertz

    Director of photography :

    Jordane Chouzenoux

    Assistant Operators :

    Dylan J. Catherina, Manuel Branaa

    Production Manager :

    Mathias Holst

    Sound editors :

    Philippe Deschamps, Raphaël Hénard

    Music Composer :

    Raphaël Hénard

    Screenwriter :

    Arash Nassiri

    Sound Recordist :

    Jeremy Emery

    Camera operator :

    Jordane Chouzenoux

    Editor :

    Pierre Deschamps

    Production Designer :

    Militza Solorio

    Sound mixers :

    Raphaël Hénard, Xavier Thieulin

    Technical details

    Short film

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    Sub-genre :

    Fairy tale, Video art

    Themes :

    Emigration, City, Nostalgia

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    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    21 min 25 seconds

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    Audio format :

    Dolby 5.1

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