• Director

    Sadeq Es-haqi

  • Country, Year, Length

    Iran, 2022, 22 Minutes

  • Category

    Narrative Short, LGBTQ+

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

Date, Time & Location:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Local • 13-02 44th Ave. • LIC, NY 11101


It’s Complicated: Five films that dive into who we are.


The daily life of Arash and Rahi, a gay couple living in Tehran, is disrupted by a mysterious ghost of Rahi’s ex-lover, Sadeq, who asks him to live with him again. It seems that they can start a new kind of living with each other in peace.

Official Selection:
27th BUSAN International Film Festival

41th MUNICH Film School Festival
29th Washington DC’s LGBT Film Festival
18th Santa Cruz Film Festival
24th Thessaloniki GLAD Film Festival
11th Pink Life Queer Film Festival
10th Queen City Film Festival

to be continued…


Sadeq Es-haqi, Director, Writer, Producer
Kiarash Dadgar, Producer
Kiarash Dadgar, Key Cast, “Arash”
Armin Khoshnik, Key Cast, “Rahi”
Farzad Shahab, DOP
Sadeq Es-haqi, Edit
Sanaz Dordinejad, Scene & Costume Design
Hamed Hosseinzadeh, Sound Record & Design
Mehran Dousti, Color Correction

Director Statement

Jouissance is one of the terms that Jaques Lacan discussed. It somehow means pleasure. This film tries to explore some Lacanian terms like 3 stages through the life of 3 characters and combine this kind of living with a poetic narrative and cinematography which results in a cinematic pleasure.
It’s an exploration into magical realism in cinema. I’m interested in Murakami’s literature and I follow most of the adapted movies of his literal works. I tried to create a mysterious atmosphere which is similar to Murakami’s literal works.

Director Biography

Sadeq Es-haqi, B.1998 Tehran, is a young filmmaker from Iran. He studies fine arts at Soore Art University of Tehran. He works as writer, director, editor, dramaturge, translator in cinema and theater. The main themes in his works are women issues and sexual identity. His first short film Collage (2019) has been selected in more than 20 film festivals around the world. He finished the the second short film and also he is working on his first feature film project.