25 Oct 2019

Luminous Void: Docudrama World Premiere

I am delighted to announce that my latest feature film, Luminous Void: Docudrama, will be premiered at the İstanbul International Experimental Film Festival, 13-17 November.

By far the most significant and most complex project that I have yet undertaken, 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.

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, Meera Xiaolan 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 Arts Council Ireland and will be distributed by Experimental Film Society.

The screening will take place at the beautiful Kadıköy Sineması on 14th of November and I will be there to present the film and do a Q&A afterwards. So if you happen to be in Istanbul, please come along. Many thanks to all the great staff at the ‘İstanbul International Experimental Film Festival’ for giving this opportunity to premiere the film. Onwards! – Rouzbeh Rashidi