06 Mar 2019

Luminous Void: Docudrama Complete

I am delighted to announce that production is now complete on my latest feature, Luminous Void: Docudrama. By far the most significant and most complex project that I have yet undertaken (along with Phantom Islands and TRAILERS), making it often led me into unchartered waters. It was a very challenging project due to its extreme collaborative nature, and I think I literally can’t make any other film that is more collaborative than this one, at least I reached my personal limit during the production.

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.

Between May and October 2018, the Luminous Void: Docudrama production took place at the Crossguns studio (and various other locations in Dublin) of my dear friend and a long-term colleague Michael Higgins.

I was extremely fortunate and blessed to be accompanied on this journey by an extraordinary and passionately dedicated cast and crew. Without their creative input, I could never have achieved the cosmic and other-worldly imagery that defines Luminous Void: Docudrama. My deepest gratitude goes to Jann Clavadetscher, Michael Higgins, Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, also to Cillian Roche, Caoimhe Lavelle, John Murphy, Floriana Mancuso, Iva Kozomara, Julia Gelezova, Suzanne Walsh, Xiao Lan Jiao, Klara McDonnell, Oli Ryan among others.

The film dedicated to Raúl Ruiz, and also it is my homage to the film pioneers who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Luminous Void: Docudrama funded by The Arts Council Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and will be distributed by Experimental Film Society. I can’t wait to launch the film and set it afloat in the world. Making it has again proven to me that, at least in my case, you don’t make a film – it is the film that makes you. You are nothing but a medium that gives birth to this strangely beautiful and subversive entity. Onwards! – Rouzbeh Rashidi

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