Woodpecker: A Film by Rouzbeh Rashidi

Rouzbeh Rashidi is an Iranian filmmaker living in Dublin, Ireland. This film is a portrait of a day in the life of a man who works at a convenience store. Rashidi doesn’t want to show you the things you might want to see in a person’s normal day. He is interested in minute and detailed impressions. He focuses closely on things and lets them speak for themselves. The film conveys an unsettling mystery through its calm observation and beautiful black and white photography.  One of the most interesting things about this film for me is simply how happy the film’s subject looks while he is working.

The filmmaker has a website.