It’s been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.
Despite house arrest in his home country of Iran, director Jafar Panahi successfully made and smuggled to the Cannes Film Festival this self-reflexive, confessional masterpiece. Ingeniously subverting all notions of filmmaking, he’s created a deeply moving exercise in poetic and political justice.
It's hard to rate a film that claims to not be a film, yet Panahi brings you into a world in which he is unable to film, and describes his vision for his newest film. Ballsy, raw, and questions the audience, what is a film?
Banned from making films for 20 years and facing a 6 year prison term, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi made this document of his days under house arrest with the help from some of his friends. A searing work, in which he discusses what the film that got him in trouble might have looked like, and his life behind the camera. It may not be a film by Panahi's definition, but it's a powerful, essential act of defiance.
Since I don't live in a cool city, I probably won't be able to see this until well after Panahi is released from prison. I hope they release this on Dvd sometime in the near future. Don't get me wrong, I love film festivals but what's the point of only showing it at a festival? The subject matter is important and should probably been seen by as many people as possible right?....so hurry up distributors!
I had great expectations about this movie, and was absolutely thrilled by the actual thing. It makes great backlinks to Panahi's other masterpieces, and gives us such a powerful insight to his creative process, while revealing the hardships of his condition in Iran. Love it.
This is an absolute masterpiece, best cinema experience Iv'e ever had, and the single most emotionally affecting film i have ever been in. The film haunted me for days and still is. I could ramble, but there is no point.