Set in Tehran in 1958, Chicken With Plums tells the story of Nasser Ali Khan, an internationally renowned violinist who takes to his bed to die after his violin is broken. There, he reminisces on his past, whilst taking journeys into the future and all around.
The story is told like a fairytale, with beautiful animation and effects throughout. Nasser Ali is a romantic and temperamental character, and I found myself trying to figure out if I liked or hated him. In the end, it didn’t matter. It was compelling and so incredibly beautiful to watch, and I wanted it to go on forever. By far the most visually appealing of my MIFF choices for 2012.