On a very ordinary day, four ordinary people decide to set fire to a cinema packed with people.
Forty years ago, during the uprising to overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran, protestors set fire to cinemas as a way of showing opposition to Western culture. Many cinemas were burned down. In one tragic case, a theatre was set on fire with four hundred people inside, most of whom were burned alive. Forty years have passed and, in contemporary Iran, four individuals also decide to burn a cinema down. Their intended target is a theatre showing a film about an unearthed, unexploded missile. A crowd gathers outside the theater in anticipation. Past and present, fact and fiction merge as the world begins to bend toward surreality.
“A thoughtless criminal act attempts to recreate significant historical events. But this movie does not try to re-enact history; rather it’s about Cinema itself.” Director’s statement by Shahram Mokri