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239 Ratings

Closed Curtain


Iran, 2013
Documentary, Drama


They are both on the run: the man with the dog he isn’t allowed to own because Islamic law deems it to be unclean, and the young woman who took part in an illicit party on the shores of the Caspian Sea…

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Closed Curtain Directed by Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Best Screenplay (Silver Berlin Bear)

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2013 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

The film zigzags from the petrifying to the playful, turning on a dime from creepy, character-driven drama to subtle meta-theatrics featuring Panahi himself—yet the entire enterprise functions coherently as a film about emotional and creative limbo. Panahi has again proven that a great artist can make even confinement seem expansive.
January 16, 2015
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Closed Curtain, in its deliberate irresolvability, may confirm the bleak argument made in This Is Not a Film. Panahi may not have the freedom to make the movies he’d like to be directing, but whatever he’s doing (working with collaborators under considerable constraints), the result is, at turns, confounding, challenging, and extraordinary. It might be more of a film than This Is Not a Film, and it is certainly, like Panahi’s previous effort, an assured and powerful piece of filmmaking.
July 29, 2014
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His first response was the acidly titled “This Is Not a Film,” a semi-documentary made in his own apartment… Panahi has now made a semi-narrative, filmed inside his Caspian Sea vacation house; it is a slower and even bleaker film… When Panahi himself walks quietly into the frame, it’s the visual equivalent of a crash of cymbals.
July 09, 2014
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