Materials: Digital video; color, sound
Length: 19 min.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist. Presentation supported by The George Foundation.
Showtimes: 1 p.m., 4:15 p.m.; additional Thursday screening at 7:30 p.m.
Shot on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, where, as Shirdel explains, “lives of decay and lives of luxury are neighbors,” Solitude Opus focuses on a man in his 80s who still diligently guards a long-decommissioned solar energy complex. Shirdel created the film as a homage to celebrated Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shaheed Salles (1944–1998), and the film adopts Salles’s distinctive focus on unremarkable moments in the lives of ordinary people, particularly his portrait of an elderly, isolated railway switchman in Still Life (1974). True to Shirdel’s own style, the images contrast explicitly with voiceover about the great future of the island, cited from official tourist guides.