THIS IS NOT A FILM
- THIS IS NOT A FILM
- (IN FILM NIST)
- 2011, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran, 75 min.
“A subtle, strange and haunting work of art…a masterpiece in a form that does not yet exist.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Ignore the title…this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression.”
—Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Smuggled out of Iran in a cake for its world premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this self-declared non-film (call it a reality show) captures Iranian director Panahi (THE CIRCLE, OFFSIDE) in sly passive-resistance defiance of the authorities that have shackled him with a six-year prison term and a 20-year ban on filmmaking. With the help of documentary filmmaker Mirtahmasb and consumer-grade cameras, Panahi becomes the artist-alchemist who converts the long hours of his house arrest into an arresting cinema of the mind plotted out in words and gestures in his living room. The film’s finale, set on the night of Persian New Year’s Eve, is breathtaking in its resonance. In Persian with English subtitles. HDCAM video. (BS)
A panel discussion follows the 6:00 pm screening on Sunday,moderated by Steve Bynum, senior producer of Worldview on WBEZ 91.5, and including Prof. Hamid Naficy of Northwestern University, author of the four-volume A Social History of Iranian Cinema, and Milos Stehlik, founder/director of Facets Multimedia, and a regular commentator on film on Worldview.
On Monday, April 16, the 6:15 show has been cancelled and the 7:45 show has been moved to 8:00.
We apologize for any inconvenience.