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Iran | 2018 | 100 minutes | Jafar Panahi

Opens June 28, 2019

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.

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.

  • 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, Nader Saeivar
  • Cinematographers: Amin Jafari
  • Language: persian, Azerbaijani
  • Has Subtitles: Yes