“Panahi does not do as he is told — in fact he has made a successful career in not doing as he is told”
In 2010, Iranian New Wave director Jafar Panahi was arrested, imprisoned and banned from filmmaking after he filmed protesters opposing the President of Iran. Since then, Jafar Panahi has directed four films in secret, smuggling them out of Iran to screen at film festivals abroad.
Collectively, Jafar Panahi’s four post-arrest films unfurl to reveal a super-narrative of an artist pushing boundaries, resting to catch breath and then pushing boundaries further again. Placing himself front and centre, the films document his confines and frame of mind with a remarkable sense of humour and lightness of touch.
Premiering in Official Competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Jafar Panahi’s latest film, 3 Faces, is a road movie propelled by a mysterious video message from a young girl to a famous actress. Viewed by itself, the film reflects on the director’s career-long fascination with the role of women in Iranian culture, and specifically Iranian cinema. Viewed in the context of his other films, however, it signifies much more.
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