Deutsche Version

Conference of the Birds

Director: Azin Feizabadi
Country: Germany, USA, Iran
Year: 2011
Synopsis: Drawing on the medieval saga Mantiq at-Tayr, composed in 1177 by the Sufi poet Attar, the eponymous project Conference of the Birds is a cinematically projected event that takes the form of a narrative film. The scene is a trial in an empty, abandoned space, a no-where, a moment in-between time. There are two characters: a judge and an accused. The accused is a filmmaker who has made an amorous film in order to illuminate the distance between himself and his beloved. After the film’s completion, he is arrested and accused of creating a film that has induced hypnosis amongst the citizens, causing them to rise up and turning their inner reality outward into the public sphere. Spread out across these two narratives, the spectator migrates together with the voiceover through seven acts as the group of birds travel through seven valleys in search of the ‘bird of the birds’,the Sirmurgh, arriving at the final scene, the seventh stage, where all the answers are supposed to be given, and yet: nothing will be revealed.
Language: Arabic
Forum participation year: 2011

Technical Attributes

Format: Data
Rental status: on-site viewing
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English
Resolution: 1920x1080
Size: 19 GiB
Container: QuickTime
Codec: ProRes 422 (LT)
Running time (minutes): 48
Color: b&w and color
Sound: Stereo
Aspect ratio: 1:1,78
Frames per second: 24