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This Is Not a Film

Jafar Panahi
Screening time  
09.04. / Saturday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 4 Ticket

When the Iranian government banned him from making films in the next 20 years, one of the leading Iranian filmmakers of our time, Jafar Panahi, in house arrest awaits for the court decision about imprisonment over anti-regime activities. With the help of his friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, another great Iranian director, in his own home and with the tools he has, he re-enacts a script for a film he is not allowed to make. Documenting the director’s daily life, this piece of original form indirectly outlines the repressive structure of contemporary Iranian state. This Is Not a Film is an authentic testament of the unbreakable human spirit and a voice of defending the right to artistic creation and freedom.


Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi is a director, writer and  producer from Iran. His films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran. Panahi was arrested twice. The second time for 86 days when finally the Iranian government, pressured by the solidarity of international film festivals and well known filmmakers, released him on bail. Panahi has won a number of human right prizes, such as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and The Medal of Art for Freedom. His first feature, The White Balloon, premiered in 1977 in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d’Or. The Circle premiered in 2003 in Venice and won the Golden Lion. Crimson Gold premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes and won The Jury Prize. Offside premiered in 2010 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Director. This Is Not a Film premiered in 2012 in Cannes Official Selection in Special Screening. Closed Curtain premiered in 2013 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Script. Taxi premiered in 2015 in Berlin and won the Golden Bear Award. 3 Faces premiered in Cannes in 2018 and won the Best Screenplay Award.

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2011, 75'

Directed by:
Jafar Panahi

Screenplay by:
Jafar Panahi

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Edited by:
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi

Festivals & Awards:

CPH:DOX (2011)
Dubai IFF: Muhr AsiaAfrica Award (2011)
Sofia IFF: UNESCO Award for Best Documentary (2012)
Thessaloniki DF: Amnesty International Award (2012)
Indiewire Critics' Poll: Best Documentary (2012)
Village Voice Film Poll: Best Documentary Feature (2012)


Matthias Angoulvant