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This Is Not a Film(این فیلم نیست)

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Iran · 2011
1h 15m
Director Jafar Panahi
Starring Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Genre Documentary

Jafar Panahi awaits a verdict by the appeals court while he is under house arrest. In this documentary, Pahani depicts his every day life, and reflects upon the meaning of filmmaking - particularly Iranian filmmaking.

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Slant Magazine by

In its way, this effort is both a forceful assertion of the most stifling brand of auteurism and a radical reconfiguration of its political potential.


The New Yorker by David Denby

The movie is also about a man without fear. It is often funny and stirring, but as you are watching you know what the game will lead to; dictatorships are not known for their sense of humor. [5 March 2012, p. 86]


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

In totalitarian societies, artists have found all sorts of ways - some brilliantly imaginative - to disguise their political protest, but Panahi has no subterfuges left. This Is Not a Film ends with a whimper that is a bang. He must be freed.


Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

In Panahi's case, he is insuperably handicapped by his current constraints. And yet, despite everything, here is This Is Not a Film, which is emphatically a film – and an extraordinary one.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Pleasing mainly just as a message-in-a-bottle from a restless, persecuted artist-that is, until the amazing closing shot, which brings the volatility of post-Green Revolution Iran home with unforgettable force.

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