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This Is Not a Film
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This clandestinely made documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (OFFSIDE, THE CIRCLE). While appealing his sentence – six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking – fellow director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of the Roses) visits Mr. Panahi at his Tehran apartment and films him talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, reflecting on the art of filmmaking, meeting some of his neighbors and even interacting with an inquisitive iguana.


"Fascinating for what it signifies as much as what it shows, 'This Is Not a Film' illustrates how Panahi is struggling to stay alive creatively and, paradoxically, can't help but demonstrate how much of a natural filmmaker he is." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Director: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Cast: Jafar Panahi
Year: 2011
Runtime: 75 minutes
Country: Iran
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Distributor: Axia

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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