Banned director Jafar Panahi’s funny and incisive road movie looks at Iran’s difficult relationship with the big screen
Although currently restricted by a 20-year ban on film-making, screenwriting and travelling outside Iran, the director Jafar Panahi remains one of the most intellectually inquisitive and agile voices in Iranian cinema. 3 Faces is the fourth unauthorised film that Panahi has made since the ban – he risks a six-year prison sentence each time he breaks it.
In this picture he uses a road trip to the mountain region in the northwest of Iran to interrogate both his country’s uneasy relationship with its cinema tradition and its enduringly patriarchal attitudes. But there’s humour here too. We meet a granny who has taken up residence in her pre-bought grave and other colourful characters.
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