Deaf Crocodile

World War III

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This listing is for the standard edition Blu-ray. The limited edition slipcover (designed by Beth Morris) was limited to 1,000 units and is sold out. The two versions are identical, aside from the slipcover.

Deaf Crocodile is an L.A.-based Distribution + Restoration company focused on New, Independent, Lost/Unseen and World Cinema with a special interest in Animation, Cult Horror + Fantasy, LGBTQ films, and the work of neglected and underrepresented Filmmakers from across the spectrum. The company was founded by film restoration expert Craig Rogers and distributor / exhibitor Dennis Bartok. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing Deaf Crocodile's brand new line of home video releases! 

The official Iranian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Academy Awards, and the Winner of the Orizzonti Awards for Best Film and Actor at the Venice Film Festival 2022, director Houman Seyedi’s savage, mysterious thriller/drama WORLD WAR III is one of the darkest, most enigmatic portraits of class inequality, desperation and murder since Lee Chang-dong’s BURNING and Bong Joon-ho’s PARASITE. Mohsen Tanabandeh delivers an unforgettable performance as Shakib, an anonymous day laborer still grieving the deaths of his wife and son who’s given a job guarding the set of a film about the Holocaust. When the lead actor playing (yes) Hitler is struck ill, Shakib is enlisted to wear the costume and mustache – and for the first time in his life, he has a little money, respect and a place to sleep. Unexpectedly, his sex worker “girlfriend” Ladan (Mahsa Hejazi) shows up, threatening to upset his tenacious hold on prosperity. When Ladan suddenly disappears during filming, it sets off a violent chain of events. What starts out as a dark satire of the Iranian film industry quickly evolves into a near-Hitchcockian thriller of the underclass struggling violently to be heard, to be seen – with an apocalyptic ending that is truly something to behold. Rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. In Persian with English subtitles.

directed by: Houman Seyedi
starring: Mohsen Tanabandeh, Mahsa Hejazi
2022 / 107 min / 2.1:1 / Persian 5.1

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • New hour-long video interview with director Houman Seyedi and co-writer Azad Jafarian, moderated by Dennis Bartok of Deaf Crocodile (In Persian with simultaneous English translation)
  • New commentary by film critic Walter Chaw (Film Freak Central)
  • Blu-ray authoring by David Mackenzie of Fidelity In Motion
  • English subtitles