Luminous Void: Docudrama (2019)

by Rouzbeh Rashidi


71 Minutes

Cast & Crew

Image, Sound and Edit Rouzbeh Rashidi

Conceived by Jann Clavadetscher, Michael Higgins, Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Rouzbeh Rashidi

Principal Cast Michael Higgins, Maximilian Le Cain, Jann Clavadetscher, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Vicky Langan, Cillian Roche, Caoimhe Lavelle, John Murphy, Floriana Mancuso, Iva Kozomara, Julia Gelezova, Suzanne Walsh, Xiao Lan Jiao, Klara McDonnell

Producers Rouzbeh Rashidi and Atoosa Pour Hosseini

Music by Cinema Cyanide

Additional Sound Recording Oli Ryan

Dedicated to Raúl Ruiz

Further information

Shot on Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro (4K DCI) with the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System. Sound: Stereo.

Additional scenes shot on Super 8mm Film with Kodak.

Post production on Final Cut Pro X.

Colour graded on Blackmagic Design: DaVinci Resolve 15.

Distribution format: DCP.

Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the Open Call Art scheme.

Distributed by Experimental Film Society.

Director profile

Rouzbeh Rashidi

Rouzbeh Rashidi (born in Tehran, 1980) is an Iranian-Irish filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, at which…

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Luminous Void: Docudrama is a documentary like no other. Starting with the bizarre practices and fantasies of a group of filmmakers working under the label Experimental Film Society, it spins off into a manifesto of light and sound. This dazzling journey through a view of cinema as cosmic ritual and erotic delirium is also an idiosyncratic celebration of the medium itself. Rouzbeh Rashidi’s ornate visual style unleashes a parade of visionary scenes that redefine movie magic as a fevered hallucination.

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2021 – Kino ARMATA (RKS)
2020 – Hypnos Theatre (SE)
2019 – Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival (TUR)

Press & Reviews

“Some viewers will recognise members of the Experimental Film Society. They are a Fringe Society, on the margins of decency and good sense. We have slowly entered the realm of the mythic – but a broken, indecipherable myth… The spectator is a pinball pinging between The Wizard of Oz and Carmelo Bene, between Wild at Heart and pink erotica… The prodigious cinema of Rouzbeh Rashidi and his fine feathered friends.” – Adrian Martin, The Fringe Experience

“it initially subverts our expectations, only to exceed them by far, as the film evolves into a beautiful, genre-defying (and genre-redefining) chimera – a light-breathing monster with a documentary-turned-neo-noir head and anachronistic period drama body sporting expressionist wings, bizarre avant-horror scales and a stingy tail of an erotic, occult fantasy.” – Nikola Gocić

“In the run-up to 2020, the 20th anniversary of the founding of EFS, Rashidi completed Luminous Void: Docudrama (2019) which was conceived to encapsulate the very essence of EFS. This cosmic carnival of visionary delirium and erotic obsession conjures a gorgeously artificial, opulently hermetic zone comparable to Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954). In Rashidi’s ‘luminous void’, as the film’s tagline puts it, “space is abolished, cinema is present”. This most eccentric and Decadent of film manifestos includes sequences suggested and performed by several EFS filmmakers as part of the overarching spectacle presented by ring master extraordinaire Rashidi. In terms of ornate pictorial technique, this film surpasses even TRAILERS although its rhythm is markedly tighter and more frantic than the earlier work.” – Maximilian Le Cain

“I think of myself as a medium. There is a portal between the universes, and I mediate or transmit energies as I create films. It is because of this that I see my practice as . . . alchemical. Or shamanic, even. Because when you are making film, things happen that are completely out of your control. And the job of the director,” he insists, “is to enter into this chaos. You can control this in editing.” – Hilary M. V. Leathem



Voted among the best films of 2019 “Top 20 Migliori Film del 2019” by Cinepensieri