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
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.
“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.” – RogerEbert.com
“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