The dramatic message that Behnaz Jafari receives from a young girl from a Turkish province of Iran sends the well-known actress and Jafar Panahi to the northeast of the country. They want to learn the truth about a teenage girl who was about to commit suicide after her family forbade her to study at an acting school. Panahi's journey isn't just the inspiration for a moving story about the fate of three generations of women with theatrical aspirations for whom the political and social reality in Iran dictated a completely different course. It's also a pretext for a confrontation between the director's idea of the role artists play in society and how ordinary people perceive film art. Panahi looks and listens, helps and reassures when he can, enjoys and reciprocates respect, but effecting the changes in Iran that he desires will require a much longer road than the one from Tehran to the Turkish-speaking periphery.
Cannes IFF 2018 - Best Screenplay
Jafar Panahi was born in 1960 in Iran. He is one of the most award-winning directors of the Iranian New Wave. His career began with assisting Abbas Kiarostiami. After producing a few documentaries, in 1995 he made The White Balloon,which was awarded the Golden Camera at the Cannes Festival.Later he produced The Mirror, awarded the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival in 1997, and The Circle,and awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Festival in 2000.In March 2010, Panahi was arrested by the secret service of the Iranian regime due to his political engagement. He was admittedly released, but he is saddled with the 20 year ban on creative work.
1988 Yaarali bashlar (short, doc.)
1995 Biały balonik / Badkonake seid / The White Balloon
1997 Lustro / Ayneh / The Mirror
2000 Krąg / Dayereh / The Circle
2006 Na spalonym / Offside
2010 To nie film / In film nist / This Is Not a Film