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Directed by Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi

Iran 2013 106 mins. In Farsi

Still banned from making films for 20 years, celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi defied Islamic authorities to make this daring and angry protest against repression and devastating portrait of melancholia and paranoia. In a house by the sea, a man hides with his illegal (considered “unclean”) dog, working on a screenplay. A mysterious young woman arrives, clearly hiding from something herself, and refuses to leave. Then Panahi himself arrives, and the curtain on what has come before is at least partly lifted. Of his enigmatic meditation on the blurry line between fiction and real life, Panahi says: “Closed Curtain uses shifting genres and stories within stories to highlight why filmmaking is a necessity in a filmmaker’s life: it is the imperative need to show the reality of the world we live in.”