Trailers (2016)

  • Title: Trailers

  • A Film By Rouzbeh Rashidi

  • Year: 2016

  • County of Production: Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal, UK, Iran

  • Genre: Experimental, Horror, Science Fiction

  • Format: Full HD

  • Language: English

  • Duration: 180 Minutes

  • Production: Experimental Film Society

  • Funding Body: The Arts Council Of Ireland


Trailers fuse underground filmmaking's profoundly personal and experimental dimensions with a canvas as boundlessly cosmic as a science fiction opus. Rouzbeh Rashidi's unceasing delve into the essence of cinema presents an ensemble of characters, each ensnared in their unique sexual rites, set adrift amidst a cataclysm of unprecedented universal scale. Humanity is depicted as a cryptic burlesque performance, staged for the scrutiny of alien onlookers: the unflinching lens of the film camera. This spectacle harnesses diverse formats and visual textures, intricately weaving together an erotic narrative that defies conventional narrative norms, suspended within its unique spatial-temporal realm.


Vicky Langan, Maximilian Le Cain, Anja Mahler, Jann Clavadetscher, Dean Kavanagh, Cillian Roche, Julia Gelezova, Jennifer Sharpe, Alicja Ayres, Eadaoin O’Donoghue, George Hanover, Klara McDonnell, Martin Berridge.


“It might reasonably have been thought impossible that a film would ever be made that could be described as an ‘underground epic’ without any hint of irony. Yet Trailers is that film.” - Irish Examiner

“Like many other great experimental films, this film (Trailers) gives me a unique and indescribable experience.” - Jit Phokaew

“One of the best cinematic experiences of my life.” - Wannabe Cinephile

“Rashidi is pursuing his own investigation into the nature of cinema in all its forms and possibilities, as he did in his previous films, always trying to capture the deep cinema essence. In this movie, he seems to accomplish his goal: by using powerful images, a perfect editing technique and a superb direction and with the help of the soundtrack, Rashidi can really catch the heart of the cinema and go further, reformulating this way the concept of cinema. He reinterprets the cinema as a process of continuous decomposition and aggregation of all its elements and also as a universal cataclysm that with its destructive power does not spare even those few strange characters, who are the symbol of a now drifting humanity.” - CinePensieri

“A disturbing film. It is disturbing because it messes up, disorder, and subverts the set of rules that establish the structure of a film. A formless object that lives out of the thought in a radically personal dimension giving space only to chaos, the triumph of darkness, something impossible to confine in the cage of dialectic.” - Cinepaxy

“Rouzbeh is proving to be forging his own path, making distinctly personal films that grow in ambition, skill and vision from one film to the next. You never quite know what experience you will have when sitting down to watch his films, but you will always be surprised. His films are never predictable; they are alive, and they give to the viewer something that is very rare in 99 per cent of films being made today: they give you the possibility to participate in the experience, and they challenge you on what your idea of cinema is and can be, and they make you deeply aware of the process of viewing a film. This is not to say the films are only intellectual experiences; in fact, they are deeply human, organic creations filled with imagination and personal obsessions and fantasies that provoke the viewer’s sensibilities on many levels, and by stepping into these mysterious worlds, one is confronted with oneself. This, in our view, makes them outstanding and deeply relevant works of art.” - Film Panic

“Rouzbeh Rashidi is the prototype of a (true) filmmaker of the future: one who makes films' at home’ and who has spent his life watching the films of others; naked and raw cinephilia, which travels on a completely different level compared to institutional study. We are already in the Cinema, which acts thaumaturgically on existence, thus making it deformed. So, apparently ‘making Cinema’ (for real) is the significant purpose of loving (and being) those deformations; and Trailers itself is precisely an essay about significant purposes.” - Post Tenebras Cinema

Voted the best film of 2016 by Cinepaxy and CinePensieri. Ended up in the top 2016 film lists of Senses of Cinema’s World Poll, Wiwat Filmsick Lertwiwatwongsa and Chayanin Tiangpitayagorn.