Public Master Class with Mani Haghighi

Mani Haghighi likes to compare his stories to a curveball in a baseball play. Curveballs are thrown with such force that the batter can hardly anticipate the ball’s trajectory. Nothing you could say about Haghighi’s films can be said with certainty. One is inclined to interpret much of it allegorically and to try to encode these scenes. But it is precisely in these moments when the complexly nested plots and often absurdly exaggerated motifs, details and references defy any kind of definition – similar to the winding streets in which Haghighi’s characters so often find themselves. There are constantly tensions between various possible interpretations, and Haghighi constantly aims to provoke and produce doubt. Over the course of a detailed conversation between Mani Haghighi and Ute Holl, Matthias Wittmann and Hemen Heidari from the seminar for Media Studies in Basel, they will try to outline the flight path of all these curve balls that the director throws at us.