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Director: Jafar Panahi Run Time: 106 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: Farsi w/ English subtitles

Starring: Bakhtiyar Panjeei, Jafar Panahi, Mina Khosravani, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaser

Director: Jafar Panahi | Runtime: 107 minutes | Year: 2022 | Rating: UR | Country: Iran| Language: Farsi w/ English subtitles | Fiction

Genre: Fiction

Tagline: In his new virtuosic sleight-of-hand — completed shortly before his imprisonment in July 2022 — Jafar Panahi plays a fictionalized version of himself, who has relocated to a rural border town in Iran to remotely direct a new film in nearby Turkey. While there, he finds himself thrust in the middle of a local scandal, confronting the opposing pulls of tradition and progress.

Critic Quotes: 

“A complex work of novelistic density, this is among the boldest and most accomplished statements from one of the world’s exemplary filmmakers…” – Screen International

“It’s a fierce critique of small-town traditionalism and religious dogma. But while this is an angry and ultimately devastating movie, it’s also a surprisingly playful and inventive one.” – NPR

“[Panahi’s] work has not astonished like this in some time.” –

“You leave feeling like you’ve just seen a truly extraordinary late work produced by one of the era’s greatest working auteurs, quickly followed by the sense of experiencing a sucker punch.” – Rolling Stone




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