Poetry in Motion: Atomic Heart + Q&A
A hallucinatory journey through nighttime Tehran, charged with reflexive, sharp-witted dialogue, Atomic Heart reflects on contemporary narratives in all their contradictions, both imagined and lived.
In high spirits after a party, Arineh and Nobahar cruise tipsily through nocturnal, polluted, traffic-jammed Tehran, meeting an array of entertaining characters along the way.
They raucously relive dreams and reflect on urban existence, but after the two young women meet a tall dark stranger, their journey takes a turn into the surreal.
Consolidating his niche of representing Tehran’s upper-middle class urban lives, Ali Ahmadzadeh’s second feature brings together a brilliant cast (including Mohammad Reza Golzar and Taraneh Alidousti) alongside polished craft: deftly crafted, beautifully lensed camerawork by Ashkan Ashkaniand sharp, electric dialogue.
Atomic Heart illuminates some of the everyday realities for a young generation of Tehran’s present, its characters playfully debunking their own representation as seen from the outside world.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with with Dr Orkideh Behrouzan, a physician, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, and author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). Orkideh currently leads the Beyond Trauma Project alongside Dr Nora Parr, exploring narrations of memory in cultural productions including art, literature, and everyday life.