Two intriguing, parallel love stories in which the partners are thwarted by hidden obstacles, the force of superstition, and the mechanics of power. Both an examination of the hidden complexity of an apparently simple story, and a metafictional portrayal of Panahi’s own work while under house arrest and banned from making films by the Iranian regime, this is a piercingly self-aware portrait of an artist working in impossible conditions. Brave and defiant filmmaking, and more important now than ever.
Starring Naser Hashemi, Reza Heydari, Mina Kavani
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
Venice Film Fest: Winner, Special Jury Prize; Nominee, Best Film
Chicago Int’l Film Fest: Winner, Award for Cinematic Bravery; Nominee, Best Feature
Toronto Int’l Film Fest & London Film Festival Official Selections
Dir Jafar Panahi | 2022 | Iran | 106 mins | 12A | Persian, Azerbaijani language with English subtitles
“A piercingly self-aware portrait of an artist who is not afraid to depict himself and his craft as aloof or insular.” Mark Kemode, The Observer
“Panahi’s courageousness as an agitator is matched only by his inventiveness as a filmmaker.” ★★★★★ Christopher Machell, CineVue
“A dark postmodern satire about the unexpected film that emerges within a film about making a film.” Kevin Maher, The Times
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