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MR. SETTLED IMMIGRANT

MR. SETTLED IMMIGRANT

LANGUAGE: English

Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 22:08
Year of production: 2018

SYNOPSIS

Saman Mohajer is a middle-aged Iranian male immigrant living a comfortable life in Canada. He
also wants to write a novel but feels that there are just too many interruptions while he tries to
concentrate in his little study. This has led him to entertain the thought of leaving his wife and
son for a quiet place. But the thought gives him a guilty conscience which along with the
pressure of writing the novel causes a recurring psychotic episode during which he hears the
irritating sound of an invisible buzzing fly. On the recommendation of a psychologist, Saman
takes the leap and leaves. In his new surrounding, a desolate and rundown basement, Saman still
doesn’t get down to writing. Instead he becomes chummy with the happy-go-lucky filmmaker
neighbour or decorates the place. However, he doesn’t realize that the invisible fly is plotting its
revenge.

LOGLINE

Saman, a middle-aged immigrant and aspiring writer in the throes of his troubled conscience
manages to finally leave his family for a quiet basement to achieve his dream of writing a novel
but his procrastinations land him in a fiendish attack from a buzzing fly he cannot see.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Aftobgardon Films
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Saman Mohajer Sasan Ghahreman
Joey Kris Hagen
Psychologist Cheryl de Luca
Saman’s Son/Fly Boy Rostam S. Sedghi
Mrs. Panahi/Mother-in-Law Mehrrokh Mehregan
Saman’s Wife Marjan Soroosh
Father-in-Law Valiollah Soroosh

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Behzad Sedghi
Executive Producer: Marjan Soroosh
Screenwriter: Behzad Sedghi
Producer: Behzad Sedghi
Director of Photography: Gary Blakeley
Sound: (location) David Draper
Editing: Behzad Sedghi
Sound Editing: Michael Legedza
Sound Mixing: Noah Siegel & Sean Karp
Music Composer: Sina Bathaie
VFX Artist: Doug Groves
VFX Supervisor: James Moore
Colourist: Mark Driver
Art Director: Samantha Roddick
Produced with the assistance of Ontario Arts Council

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: comedy
Language: English and Persian
Country of origin: Canada
Year of production: 2018
Total running time: 22 min.:08 sec.
Shooting format: UHD 4K
Color type: colour
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound format: Stereo and 5.1 surround

AWARDS

MADA: Honourable Mention at COMMFFest 2018
FESTIVAL SELECTIONS
COMMFFest 2018
Toronto Short Film Festival 2019
Rome Independent Prisma Awards 2019

BIOGRAPHY OF THE DIRECTOR

Born in Iran, Behzad Sedghi began a career in theatre, dance, photography and filmmaking in
Germany before going to Canada to study film production at York University in Toronto.
Behzad’s work includes feature screenplays, short films, TV ads and documentaries including A
Transsexual Journey, 1995, an award-winning television documentary for the CBC and short films Rumpelzwitter & Bassstilzchen, 2001, aired on Bravo! and Mel, 2013, MADA Award at
COMMFFEST 2015. Ameno Project is his debut feature released in 2020.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Mr. Settled Immigrant is my life in another universe where I'm called Saman Mohajer. It is the
most character-driven story that I have told so far. Although I am not as procrastinating or
sensitive to noise as Saman, I do have my share of hurdles to surmount before entering the world
of artistic creation and I hope that his victory in reaching his artistic goal will be some boost of
morale for all artists as it is for me every time I see the ending of the film.