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Zaqqum The Tree Of Hell

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There is a tree that Springs out of the bottom of hell, called Zaqqum. The inhabitants of the inferno have to eat the fruits of Zaqqum, which makes their bodies tear apart and release bodily fluids as a punishment. The Short Film pictures the daily battle of life between two Sons of Perdition, Alpha and Omega. They fight together every day to achieve something valuable.

Zaqqum, The Tree Of Hell, a film by Hesam Sharifi (read more about the director)
Running Time: 14 minutes 58 seconds
Genre: Experimental, Short
Shooting Format: Full color – Digital 4k H264
Exhibition Format: MOV (Quicklime)
Audio Format: 2channel stereo 44 kHz
Completed: January 10, 2022, Tehran. Iran

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Zaqqum, The Tree Of Hell – There is a tree that Springs out of the bottom of hell, called Zaqqum. The inhabitants of the inferno have to eat the fruits of Zaqqum, which makes their bodies tear apart and release bodily fluids as a punishment. The Short Film pictures the daily battle of life between two Sons of Perdition, Alpha and Omega. They fight together every day to achieve something valuable.

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Zaqqum, The Tree Of Hell, a film by Hesam Sharifi (read more about the director)
Running Time: 14 minutes 58 seconds
Genre: Experimental, Short
Shooting Format: Full color – Digital 4k H264
Exhibition Format: MOV (Quicklime)
Audio Format: 2channel stereo 44 kHz
Completed: January 10, 2022, Tehran. Iran

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DIRECTOR NOTE:
As an avant-garde and experimental Short Film, Zaqqum represents the life and thoughts of the bourgeoisie and working class of Iranian society. The people who work so hard and do anything to achieve a better life, but their beliefs are different from what they are. This inconsistency is the hell they live in and feed on. The short movie was inspired by three famous paintings in art history: Dante and Virgil in Hell by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, At Eternity’s Gate by Vincent van Gogh, and Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich. The film reconstructs these Masterpieces in the critical moments of the characters’ lives. Alpha is a single janitor who sleeps in his car at night. He recreates At Eternity’s Gate in the movie. Omega is a married migrant who works and lives in a building under construction with other workers. He plays The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. They meet each other in an imaginary world, fighting for the vital necessities of life. They will finally revive the painting of Dante and Virgil in Hell together.

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The cast is so minimal. Ali Ghamilouie and Alireza Gheydari are the only actors in the film. The original score is composed by Iranian composer Hadi Farahmand. The music is a mixture of different experimentations and techniques such as combination, distortion, and manipulations of the sound. The traditional kind of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Design, but produced by new technologies. The soundtrack, with its aggressive and bizarre nature, reinforces the antagonistic area of the film. Hesam Sharifi, the Iranian Painter, and Filmmaker is the director and writer of the screenplay.

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Film History
October 27, 2022 – The film has been selected for the Anatolia International Film Festival. October 27, 2022
November 4, 2022 – The film has been selected for The Iconic Images Film Festival. November 4, 2022
November 5, 2022 – The film has been selected for The Rome Prisma Film Awards in Rome, Italy. November 5, 2022
November 10, 2022 – The film has been selected as a FINALIST in The Rome Prisma Film Awards in Rome, Italy. November 10, 2022, GO TO THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE
November 15, 2022 – The film has been nominated for the BEST PICTURE MOVIE POSTER at The Rome Prisma Film Awards in Rome, Italy. November 15, 2022, GO TO THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE
November 18, 2022 – The film won the award for BEST MOVIE POSTER at The Rome Prisma Film Awards in Rome, Italy. November 18, 2022, GO TO THE FESTIVAL WEBSITE
August 01, 2023  – The short film has been selected for the New Filmmakers NY in New York, USA, and will stream through the Group View platform on the NewFilmmakers Plus page for one month in August 2023: Go to the festival Here. August, 01, 2023

We Must Be Dreamers: Diary Of An Artistic Journey In The Heart Of Rome

We are independent, so we are always dreaming about our films. We must be dreamers. We must dream about our works and our dreams. These are Hesam Sharifi’s words, the director of the Short film Zaqqum, The Tree Of Hell, at the Rome Prisma Film Awards final ceremony. Read More…

 

 

 

With Zaqqum The Three of Hell toward Rome! Winner at The Rome Prisma Film Awards

It must be hard to make an independent film in today’s Iran. And it’s even harder to broadcast an avant-garde film in this new era. But it was me who did it with a group of hard-working people! Read More…

 

 

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CAST AND CREW
Writer and director Hesam Sharifi

Producers
Parandeh Alaei
Zigguart Virtual Art Gallery

Director of Photography
Ali Dalvandi

Music and Sound Design
Hadi Farahmand

Actors
Alireza Gheidari
Ali Ghamilouie

Edited by Hesam Sharifi, Ali Dalvandi
Colorist Ali Dalvandi
Assistant Director and Planner Parandeh Alaei
Visual Effects Mohammad Amin Ghazanfary
Sound Editing Hadi Farahmand

Broadcast and Distribute by Zigguart Virtual Art Gallery

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Release on Zigguart, January 2024
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