Right before Soodeh Sharifzadegan’s second marriage, her 11-year-old son, “Matiar” is kidnapped. After considerable effort, Soodeh is forced to ask for the ransom money from her ex-husband, “Peyman”. After Matiar’s release, Soodeh, being curious, comes to the sudden realization that it was all her son’s plan to provide the grounds for his father’s return.
Country of Hotels tells the stories of the desperate souls who pass through the doors of 508, a room on the fifth floor of an anonymous, decaying hotel. We are taken on a surreal and blackly comic journey down its lonely corridors and behind its out-dated furnishings and stained surfaces. The story plunges us into the ever-turning carousel of haunted lives who check in and check out of the establishment.
Crowded is a hand-drawn erase and redraw animation featuring a disappearing and reappearing entity who continually changes form throughout the film. The figure emerges from a primordial chaos of circular marks as a girl in a bedroom where she meets a lover. From there, sci-fi and fantasy weirdness ensues as her identity grows even more fragmented and bizarre.