Gilles Esteve's breathtaking video for Berlin-based Iranian electronic artist Samar Rad, aka Mentrix, marks the first international music video filmed in Iran in over four decades.
Mentrix 'Nature' by Gilles Esteve
Mentrix longs to find her own connection with the natural world in Gilles Esteve's transcendent video for Nature, his second video for the Paris-based Iranian artist.
Following the brilliant visual for Walk released last month - which saw Esteve shoot the first international music video in Iran for four decades - this video takes us to Kavir-e-Lut in Eastern Iran, to explore the idea of liberation through dance. Featuring a cast of female dancers from Tehran, the edgy fashion and sharp styling give the concept a very modern, even timeless perspective.
DoP Quentin De Lamarzelle utilises breathtaking high-angle shots of the landscape to emphasise the scale of the desert, known to be one of the hottest places on Earth. This is contrasted by a haunting studio setup, in which a masked figure stands in a cold and sterile space, feeling almost claustrophobic in comparison.
This celebration of life in an almost lifeless setting is enhanced by subtle special effects to create an even more vivid experience. Great work from the European and Iranian creative team.
|Director of Photography||Quentin De Lamarzelle|
|Wardrobe||Danielle Van Camp|
|Make-up||Kathy Le Sant|
|Post production company||Mcmurphy|
|Label||House Of Strength Records|
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