Elpis is a personal essay film, a reflection from an empty world rendered in painterly vistas of unearthly colors that follow the flames of a cataclysmic war. A world haunted by the written traces of places and dates and spoken words unravelling a history of exile. Intimately familiar and unsettlingly alien, Elpis is a radical vision of existing in a post-pandemic world of endless crisis and the strange peace that haunts it.
Length: 71 min
Country of Origin: Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Iran and Hungary
Completion Date: 2023
Director: Rouzbeh Rashidi
About the Director
Rouzbeh Rashidi (born in Tehran in 1980) is an Iranian-Irish filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000, when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran.
From 2000 to 2019, he broke traditional boundaries in formalistic and thematic conventions. He ventured into radicalism, creating eleven experimental feature films and two hundred and one instalments of the Homo Sapiens Project. In 2023, his film Elpis marks a departure from his previous works as he dives into new realms of art and humanity that have always fascinated him. This phase of his filmmaking explores the power of slow Cinema, poetic documentary techniques, and film essays.
His work is deeply engaged with film history and primarily concerned with mysticism, philosophy, esotericism, cosmology, phenomenology, and hauntology. The films are wildly experimental and often surrealist, magical realist, and mysterious and have been associated with the Remodernist movement. They are unified by his oneiric imagination, idiosyncratic working methods, and the dreamlike experience of watching them.