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3 Faces (Se rokh)
BUY TICKETS 8pm Monday 22 April
DIRECTOR Jafar Panahi
CAST Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei
Award-winning Iranian director Jafar Panahi blurs the lines between fiction and documentary in this fascinating meta road trip movie.
Another terrific award-winning film from acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi (Taxi Tehran) – made despite his long-standing ban in his home country. A well-known actress views a shocking online video which seems to be from a suicidal young woman desperate to attend a drama school. In an effort to uncover the mystery, she travels with a filmmaker to a remote conservative community. A fascinating and subtle look at cinema, celebrity and the role of women in contemporary Iran.
(2019 Iran 100 mins Subtitled)
Panahi’s own role is markedly less central than in his last three films. Mostly he is the silent observer, with leisurely, Kiarostami-esque long takes, often showing a character’s full journey to the camera from a far-off pathway, contributing to the film’s meditative, pensive rhythm. It makes “3 Faces” less punchily playful than “Taxi,” but more moving and ultimately more valuable… the caged Panahi is determined to sing someone else’s song, and in times like these, such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance. Jessica Kiang, Variety
BBFC advice: Contains suicide references
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