DRAT

Producer, Director, Animator, Editor: Farzin Farzaneh
Voiceover: Bunny Read
Animated short, 11 minutes, Canada, 2010

© Lachrymose Films 2010

Drat is a film about a woman living alone in a country house. Her solitary routine is disrupted when she suspects that some kind of animal is trying to invade her home. Her suspicion turns into obsession as she tries in vain to keep the creature out. These efforts, along with the woman's growing anguish, occupy the main portion of the film. However, furry intruders are not the only cause for concern. The landscape surrounding her abode rustles and heaves restlessly, and the roots of a nearby tree threaten to crack the very foundations of the woman's house.

This is a film about one person’s lonely attempts to hold on to the small haven that she has carved out of her environment, and to keep it secure against the outside forces of nature. To her chagrin, she finds that the natural environment does not always recognise her exclusive right to such comforts.

 

WINNER: Best Animated Short

Queens World Film Festival, Jackson Heights, New York, USA - March 2011

WINNER: Best Short Film

Independent Film Quarterly Film & New Media Festival, New York, USA - November 2011

OFFICIAL COMPETITION

Anifest ROZAFA, Shkodra, Albania - September 2011

Animfest International Animation Festival, Athens, Greece - March 2012

OFFICIAL SELECTION

CMS Children's Film Festival, Lucknow, India - April 2011

WILDsound Film Festival, Toronto, Canada - 28 May 2011

Festival des Films du Monde, Montréal, Canada - August 2011

Golden Kuker International Animation Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria - September 2011

Norrköping Film Festival (Flimmer), Norrköping, Sweden - October 2011

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, Canada - February 2012

Cinémathèque québécoise, Montréal, Canada - 19 April 2012 - Public screening

Rail City Road Show, Stanstead (Québec), Canada - September 2012

Canadian Indie Showcase, The Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, June 2013

Canadian Indie Showcase, London International Animation Festival, London, UK, October 2013

PRESS

Etan Viessing, "Strong Canadian Field at Montreal World Film Festival", Playback, 2 August, 2011

Lucie Poirier, ChroniqueCinéma, September 2011

Farzin Farzaneh en entrevue avec Jacquelin Mallette: 35e Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal, 19 août 2011

Fluorescent Hill (blog)

Siegel Productions (blog)

Matthew Toffolo interviews Farzin Farzaneh for the WILDsound Film Festival 19 May 2011

Marcel Jean, Revue 24 Images February 2011

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