Director of Photography: Sherwin Akbarzadeh.

Iranian-born Writer/Director Nora Niasari (The Phoenix) and producer Mary Minas’ family drama Waterfall is the story of how a road trip meant to unite a new family ends up dissolving into disharmony when technology fails en route to a magnificent waterfall. The tension builds as fourteen-year-old Zahra struggles to accept her mother’s fiancé.

Sherwin Akbarzadeh’s cinematography is simply outstanding. Waterfall gorgeously juxtaposes a troubled family against a beautiful landscape and emphasises the notion of feeling isolated within a family unit. What the film projects so beautifully is that divine awkwardness found between faith and doubt, an awkwardness that longs for authenticity yet reaches, and too often finds, artificial expressions.

Actors Asal Shenaveh, Greg Stone and Gity Madani all give relaxed, natural performance that feels less like ‘performance’ and more like we’ve become observers to a journey deep within their soul.

Reviewed at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

Written by Vanessa Abbott. 

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