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Directed by Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi

2013, in Persian with English subtitles

Iran

106 minutes

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HOUSTON IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Closed Curtain

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Banned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi co-directs another unauthorized film that metaphorically recounts his restricted freedom and artistic depression. Whereas his previous This Is Not a Film takes place entirely in Panahi’s city apartment, Closed Curtain is filmed from his sprawling beach house. The narrative follows a screenwriter who has escaped a police round-up and is in hiding; he hangs heavy black curtains over the windows to block outside views.  Another couple on the run arrives and a ruckus ensues. Panahi is clearly influenced y Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, and inserts himself into the action after a certain point where the audience realizes that everything seen before has been fiction.

“More layered than This Is Not a Film . . . this latest technically forbidden work by the world’s most famous dissident filmmaker . . . is a Pirandello-inspired investigation of the ramifications of dissidence, the filmmaking process and several other ingredients whose elements invite multiple interpretations.” – Variety