Directed by Jafar Panahi
Narges Del Aram
Writer Jafar Panahi
Filmmaker Jafar Panahi and actress Behnaz Jafari travel to the rural northwest of Iran after receiving a plea for help from a girl whose family has forbid her from studying acting in Tehran. Amusing encounters abound, but they soon discover that the local hospitality is rivaled by the desire to protect age-old traditions.
“Charming Iranian cinema at its purest. Defiantly modern in its liberating message.”
“Full of intelligence and humility and a real respect for women and for female actors. Gentle, elusive, and redolent of this director’s mysterious Iranian zen.”
“A beautiful expression of artistic solidarity.”
“An artful, surprising and thrillingly intelligent story about a few women trying to make a difference.”
“A gently provocative meditation on the role of creative souls in modern-day Iran.”
“A sly fictional commentary on life in Iran, hope, the country’s cinema legacy, and the continuity of history, disguised with folksy infusions of humor as a shaggy dog story.”
“A heartfelt statement of solidarity… such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.”
“A hymn to the irrepressibility of screen storytelling.”
Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival
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