3 Faces

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Iran | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jafar Panahi

Internationally renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon) co-stars in this richly layered metafiction as he and a famous TV star go on a road trip to save the life of an aspiring actress desperate to escape her provincial life.

"Little is as it first appears in Jafar Panahi's '3 Faces.'"—The New York Times

Behnaz Jafari, a famous film and television actress, receives a video message from a suicidal young woman. The woman, Marziyeh Rezaei, aspires to be an actress herself, and has been accepted to drama school in Tehran, but her family objects to her choice of career. Distraught by the girl's direct appeal, Jafari sets out to find her, enlisting the help of her director friend, Jafar Panahi. All three leads play some version of themselves in this richly layered metafiction that has become the director's primary mode in recent years. They travel through the countryside of northwest Iran in search of the young woman's village (apparently the village of Panahi's own parents), where the eccentricities of rural life conceal something more repressive. "We don't want any entertainers here," one inhabitant comments when asked about Marziyeh's plight. This sentiment is embodied in the character of Shahrzad, a star from the 1960s and '70s who was banished after the revolution and now lives on the outskirts of town. In 2010 Panahi was accused of making anti-regime propaganda, and was forbidden to make movies or travel for 20 years. In his fourth film since then, he tells a powerful story about the lives of women, the responsibilities of viewership, and what it means to remain visible despite overwhelming pressure to disappear.

Justine Barda

Director Biography
Internationally acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson Gold, The Circle) has directed more than a dozen feature films and shorts that often hide political themes under allegory in order to evade government censors. In 2010, he has been placed under house arrest for making "anti-government propaganda." His 2011 and 2013 features, This Is Not a Film and Closed Curtain, were direct responses to his own artistic and physical confinement.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Babak and Sinikka Parviz, Michael and Neda Nassirian, Nima Foroutan DDS, Follow Your Feet Productions, American Iranian Business Council, ARVR Academy, Mike Moghaddas Realty, Shirin's Chic Design,  Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department at UW, Iranian American Faculty at UW, Radio Iranshahr, and Seattle Isfahan Sister City Association

  • Original Language Title: 3 Rokh
  • Director: Jafar Panahi
  • Principal Cast: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Jafar Panahi
  • Screenplay: Jafar Panahi
  • Cinematographers: Amin Jafari
  • Editors: Mastaneh Mohajer
  • Music: Imaj Studio Tabriz
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2018 (Best Screenplay), Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2018 (Best International Film)
  • Filmography: Taxi (2015); Closed Curtain (2013); This Is Not A Film (2011); Offside (2006); Crimson Gold (2003); The Circle (2000); The Mirror (1997); The White Balloon (1995)
  • Language: Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber
  • International Sales: Celluloid Dreams