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Directed by Jafar Panahi

Iran 2018 100 mins In Persian, Azerbaijani with subtitles

Long banned from making films by the ruling regime in Iran, master filmmaker Panahi has nonetheless defiantly continued to produce some of the best cinema of his long career, here returning with a comic road movie set into motion when actress Behnaz Jafari comes across a video by a young actress, seeking help, set to attend the drama conservatory in Tehran. Following the leads to Iran’s sparsely populated and heavily patriarchal northwest, Jafari and Panahi set out to solve the mystery of the young actress, unforgettably encountering colorful locals and their fair share of hilarious situations on the way. Behind it all is the mysterious Shahrazade, an elderly actress long ago ostracized to her village following years of mistreatment in the industry. “Deeply respectful, artful and compassionate…a heartfelt statement of solidarity.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety.

Filmography: The White Balloon (1995), The Mirror (1997), The Circle (2000), Crimson Gold (2003), Offside (2006), This is Not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013), Taxi (2015)

Sponsored by the Hoxton Hotel



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