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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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Donya (2003): “You Have Exhumed My Life.”

When we first see real estate mogul, Hadj Reza Enayat (Mohamad Reza Sharifinia) he is collapsed in a chair, his swollen feet being washed by his whining wife (Gohar Kheirandish). Hadj is a grotesque person, in our first impression. He … Continue reading

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The Importance Of “As If”: Women Without Men (2009)

A group of intellectuals and artists sit around a table in a restaurant, drinking wine, and talking about Camus and democracy. Camus’ comments on freedom are approved of by some in the group, and rejected by another, who argues that … Continue reading

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Film Forum: Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film

Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film opens at the New York’s Film Forum today and runs through March 13. I put it on my Top 10 list for the year. There is nothing happening in the … Continue reading

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Eyes on Iran

Iranian documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb has been released from Evin Prison after three months in jail. He was arrested with five other documentary filmmakers, all of whom have been released as well. Jafar Panahi still sits in jail. Here is … Continue reading

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NYFF 2011: This Is Not a Film. Hyperbole Is Inadequate.

Imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi (whom I have written about ad nauseum on my site, and hosted the Iranian Film Blogathon in his honor last year) and his colleague Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (imprisoned on September 17 of this year) shot This … Continue reading

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