Archiv für den Tag 7. Juli 2014
Iranian dissident/filmmaker Jafar Panahi (THE WHITE BALLOON, THE MIRROR, THIS IS NOT A FILM) lives under house arrest and is banned from movie-making. CLOSED CURTAIN, his most recent non-film, made in secret, combines documentary and fictitious elements. A screenwriter goes into hiding with his dog after the regime declares dogs “impure” and bans them from walking in public (this is an actual law). In the darkened rooms of a seaside villa, a Pirandello-inspired drama unfurls with Panahi sometimes playing himself, acting out his most melancholy fantasies as both neighbors and strangers appear and disappear with eerie regularity, much as you would expect them to in any society in which the absurd has become the norm.
IRAN • 2013 • 106 MINS. • IN FARSI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • VARIANCE FILMS