Tag Archives: Iranian film

About Elly (2009); directed by Asghar Farhadi

If you give an answer to your viewer, your film will simply finish in the movie theatre. But when you pose questions, your film actually begins after people watch it. In fact, your film will continue inside the viewer. — … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Issues Statement

Jafar Panahi should need no introduction, but just in case… Jafar Panahi is a director from Iran, with an international reputation, and an incredible list of films, The White Balloon, The Mirror, The Circle, Offside, Crimson Gold. (He’s one of … Continue reading

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Appropriate Behavior (2015); from writer/director/star Desiree Akhavan

I had been looking forward to seeing this: written and directed by Desiree Akhavan, who also stars as the lead character, Shirin. The movie uses all the familiar cliches of a Brooklyn-area hipster lesbian love story, with an insistently deadpan … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Will Not Be Silenced

Jafar Panahi was arrested in 2009 on the suspicion of making a film critical of the regime in Iran. He was not allowed to travel, to give interviews, to make films. He was in prison. He went on hunger strike. … Continue reading

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014); an Iranian vampire movie

I’ve seen it twice now. The first impression held. I’m basically in love with it. A vampire stalking an Iranian town. A vampire in a full chador. It’s an incredible first feature, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. My … Continue reading

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Closed Curtain (2014); directed by Jafar Panahi

A man enters a seaside villa and before doing anything else goes through every room, closing all the curtains. There are huge windows on every floor, looking out on the vast expanse of sea. There are a lot of curtains … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi: “Remember, a few months ago, because they didn’t allow me to go outside of the house, I said, ‘OK, I’ll open my windows and take shots of the sky.'”

Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director who was convicted in 2010 of crimes against the Islamic Republic (for basically making films that criticized the regime), was given a 6-year prison sentence as well as a 20-year ban on making films/writing/giving interviews. … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Defies Ban

Jafar Panahi defies the ban and appears at a film festival, via Skype. And this is not even mentioning the fact that he has another film out, Closed Curtain, also defying the ban. I haven’t seen it yet. I cannot. … Continue reading

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Circumstance (2011); Dir. Maryam Keshavarz

Four Iranian teenagers sit in a sound booth, headphones on, making obscene sex noises, doing intermittent shots of liquor to loosen up, and bursting into laughter, ruining the takes. The director is annoyed. They are in the process of dubbing … Continue reading

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The Color of Paradise (1999); Dir. Majid Majidi

Expect Spoilers A little blind boy named Mohammad sits on a bench outside his school in Tehran. It is the beginning of summer vacation and parents from all over Iran have come to collect their children. We have seen the … Continue reading

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