The Steak

A birthday ceremony preparation gets upside down as something horrible takes place.

  • Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi
  • Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi
  • Ali Narimani
  • Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi
  • Faranak Khamis
    Key Cast
  • Amin Simiar
    Key Cast
  • Panisa Peyvaght
    Key Cast
  • Sadeq Es-haqi
    Art Director
  • Farzad Shahab
  • Amin Enteshari
    Visual Effects
  • Amin Jafari
    Sound Recorder
  • Abdolreza Heydari
    Sound Designer
  • Faraz Modiri
    Set and Custome Designer
  • Mohsen Asdaghpour
    Still Photographer
  • Parisa Gardeshi
    Make-up Artist
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, War
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sooreh University of Tehran
  • The 19th Nahal International student short film festival Iran
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    July 1, 2023
    National Premiere (Iran)
    Official Selection Best Picture / Official Selection Best Director (winner) /Official Selection Best Cinematography / Official Selection Best Sound Design (winner) / Official Selection Best Set Design (winner) / Official Selection Best Visual Effects (winner)
Distribution Information
    Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Kiarash Dadgar Mohebi

Kiarash Dadgar, b. 1994, a film and theatre artist from Iran. He received his M.A. in Dramatic Literature from the Soore Art University of Tehran and worked on several projects in Iranian short films, series and theatre productions. He also worked as a producer in some short films that one of them “Jouissance” was premiered at BUSAN International Film Festival (2022). He directed his first short film “Steak” in 2023 and is waiting for his film's world premiere.

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Director Statement

Introducing a formalistic approach, this short film delves into the dramatic transformation that can occur within mere minutes. Through the skillful use of a continuous 360-degree tilt, the narrative employs a metaphorical technique that masterfully juxtaposes the beginning and the ending, creating a remarkable disparity of outcomes. As a filmmaker, I find immense fascination in exploring stories centered around the concept of war. It is my belief that war issues hold a universal quality, allowing viewers to comprehend the inherent bitterness they entail. By choosing to eliminate dialogue entirely, this film invites the audience to interpret the story through the characters' actions and visual symbolism, thus transcending cultural or geographic boundaries. Additionally, this film serves as the inaugural installment of a compelling trilogy exploring war narratives through a formalistic lens. Currently, I am passionately crafting the second piece of this series, driven by a desire to further explore the depth and complexity of these themes.