Trailers (2016)

by Rouzbeh Rashidi


180 Minutes

Cast & Crew

A Film By Rouzbeh Rashidi

An Experimental Film Society production funded by The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon
180 Mins, 2016, Ireland

Featuring: Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Anja Mahler, Jann Clavadetscher, Dean Kavanagh, Cillian Roche, Julia Gelezova, Jennifer Sharpe, Alicja Ayres, Eadaoin O’Donoghue, George Hanover, Klara McDonnell, Martin Berridge.

Further information

Shot on Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Prime Lenses, Super8mm and various VHS cameras.

Post Production on Final Cut Pro X.

Produced By Experimental Film Society 2016.

Funded By The Arts Council Of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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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Synopsis: TRAILERS unites the most personal and experimental aspects of underground filmmaking with a scope that is as cosmically vast as a science fiction epic. Rashidi’s ongoing exploration into the nature of cinema sees a group of characters adrift in space, each locked into their own sexual rituals while a cataclysm of universal proportions unfolds. Humanity has become a mysterious burlesque show for alien eyes: the gaze of the film camera. This visionary spectacle uses multiple formats and visual textures in weaving an erotic anti-narrative suspended in its own space and time.

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Festival and Public Screenings:

  • 2016 – Cork Film Festival (Ireland)
  • 2016 – Maus Hábitos – Espaço de Intervenção Cultural (Portugal)
  • 2016 – The Reading Room (Thailand)
  • 2016 – Lichtblick-Kino (Germany)
  • 2017 – Cinemateca Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • 2017 – Bogotá Experimental Film Festival (Colombia)
  • 2017 – Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (Switzerland)


“It might reasonably have been thought impossible that a film would ever be made that could be described as an ‘underground epic’ without any hint of irony. Yet Trailers is that film.” – Irish Examiner

“Like many other great experimental films, this film (Trailers) gives me a unique and indescribable experience.” – Jit Phokaew

“One of the best cinematic experiences of my life.” – Wannabe Cinephile

“Rashidi is pursuing his own investigation into the nature of cinema in all its forms and possibilities, as he did in his previous films, always trying to capture the deep cinema essence. In this movie, he seems to accomplish his goal: by using powerful images, a perfect editing technique and a superb direction and with the help of the soundtrack, Rashidi can really catch the heart of the cinema and go further, reformulating this way the concept of cinema. He reinterprets the cinema as a process of continuous decomposition and aggregation of all its elements and also as a universal cataclysm that with its destructive power does not spare even those few strange characters, who are the symbol of a now drifting humanity.” – CinePensieri

“A disturbing film. Disturbing because it messes up, disorder, subvert the set of rules that establish the structure of a film. A formless object that lives out of the thought in a radically personal dimension giving space only to chaos, the triumph of darkness, something impossible to confine in the cage of dialectic.” – Cinepaxy

“Rouzbeh is proving to be forging his own path, making distinctly personal films that grow in ambition, skill and vision from one film to the next. You never quite know what experience you will have when sitting down to watch his films but you will always be surprised. His films are never predictable, they are alive and they give to the viewer something that is very rare in 99 percent of films being made today, they give you the possibility to participate in the experience, they challenge you on what your idea of cinema is and can be, and they make you deeply aware of the process of viewing a film. This is not to say the films are only intellectual experiences, in fact they are deeply human, organic creations filled with imagination and personal obsessions and fantasies that provoke the viewer’s sensibilities on many levels, and by stepping into these mysterious worlds one is confronted with oneself. This, in our view, makes them outstanding and deeply relevant works of art.” – Film Panic

“Rouzbeh Rashidi is the prototype of (true) filmmaker of the future: one who makes films ‘at home’ and who has spent his life watching the films of others; naked and raw cinephilia, which travels on a completely different level compared to institutional study. We are already in the Cinema, which acts thaumaturgically on existence, thus making it deformed. So, apparently ‘making Cinema’ (for real) is the significant purpose of loving (and being) those deformations; and Trailers itself is precisely an essay about significant purposes.” – Post Tenebras Cinema

Voted the best film of 2016 Cinepaxy and CinePensieri. Ended up in top 2016 film lists of Senses of Cinema’s World PollWiwat Filmsick Lertwiwatwongsa and Chayanin Tiangpitayagorn.