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Closed Curtain


Iran | 2013 | 106 minutes | Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi- banned from filmmaking for "anti-government propaganda"-explores his own experience of house arrest in this engrossing, fictional drama about life and art in political hiding.

May 17, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 4, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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June 9, 2013
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To make an independent film in Iran often means delving into the theater of the absurd. Internationally acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold, This is Not a Film) has been under house arrest since 2010 for making "anti-government propaganda" and has been officially banned from filmmaking by Iranian officials until 2030. In response, the defiant Panahi has taken his allegorical meta-filmmaking style to a new level by setting part of Closed Curtain at his own Caspian Sea villa. Panahi's co-director, Kambuzia Partovi, stars as a screenwriter in hiding with his illegal dog, considered "unclean" under Islamic law. Holed up, he tries to get some writing done, until a mysterious woman named Melika (Maryam Moghadam) and her brother, Reza (Hadi Saeedi), break into the villa while on the run from the authorities. The line between the fiction and real life continues to blur; in February 2013, the passports of Partovi and Moghadam were confiscated by the government, preventing them from leaving Iran to promote the film. Closed Curtain is an absorbing meditation on the nature of fiction vs. reality, standing as a testament to the spirit of a visionary artist who quietly refuses to bow to censorship despite his physical and artistic confinement.

Director Biography
Internationally acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The White Baloon, Crimson Gold, This Is Not A Film) has directed more than a dozen feature films and shorts that often hide political themes under allegory in order to evade government censors. Since 2010, he has been placed under house arrest for making “anti-government propaganda.” His two most recent features, This Is Not A Film and Closed Curtain, are direct responses to his own artistic and physical confinement.

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Director: Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi
Principal Cast: Kamboziya Partovi, Maryam Moghadam, Jafar Panahi, Hadi Saeedi
Premier Status: North America
Country: Iran
Year: 2013
Running Time: 106 minutes
Producer: Jafar Panahi
Screenplay: Jafar Panahi
Cinematographers: Mohamad Reza Jahanpanah
Editors: Jafar Panahi
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2013 (Silver Bear for Best Screenplay)
Filmography: Jafar Panahi: This Is Not a Film (2011); Offside (2006); Crimson Gold (2003); The Circle (2000); The Mirror (1997); The White Balloon (1995); The Last Exam (1992); Kamboziya Partovi: Border Café (2005); Naneh Lala va bacheharesh (1997); The Legend of Two Sisters (1994); Bazi-e bozorgan (1992); The Fish (1991); The Singer Cat Golnar (1990)
Language: Farsi
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Ramonda Films
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