This Is Not a Film
Smuggled from Iran to France on a USB drive, this 'non-film' documents a day in the life of the Iranian director Jafar Panahi while confined to his Tehran apartment under house arrest.
Awarded the Camera d'Or at the Cannes film festival for his charmingly neo-realist debut feature The White Balloon, Panahi went on to receive the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for the compelling social realist drama The Circle. But while lauded internationally, Panahi's films are banned at home.
A supporter of Iran's people-power Green Movement - which mobilised in the wake of 2009's contentious Presidential election - Panahi has been targeted, according to Iran's government-backed newspaper, for "acting against national security and creating anti-regime propaganda".
A court ruling in December 2010 imposed upon Panahi a six year prison sentence and a 20 year ban on filmmaking, travelling abroad or talking to the press. That ruling was upheld by a Tehran appeal court in October 2011 and Panahi is currently in the process of appealing to Iran's Supreme Court.
"Gives viewers a clear feeling for the director's life.his frustration at not being able to express himself artistically and the courage and humour with which he faces an uncertain future." - The Hollywood Reporter
"By far the most powerful and moving film screened at Cannes." - Daily Beast