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Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again, and stunningly, he has created a masterpiece that not only lives up to his earlier, pre-ban work but surpasses it in many ways.
In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.
"An allegory, dark but not despairing, of the creative spirit under political pressure, and of the ways the imagination can be both a refuge and a place of confinement." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Sometimes, if not often enough, movies demand to be watched as something more than just expensive daydreams" -Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
"Pahani’s films have become increasingly indistinguishable from his complex life, making them a challenging but often thrilling experience." -Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
As you may be aware, in 2010 Jafar Panahi was convicted of “propaganda
against the state” by the Iranian government and was banned from
filmmaking and other artistic pursuits for 20 years. In making Closed
Curtain, he took an incredible risk – one he felt worthwhile so that
the film could be seen. We aim to help him realize this goal and to
show him that we are unified in our stance behind his work and have
not forgotten his struggle.
In turn, we’re asking you to show your support as well by sharing a
personal message of support for Jafar and for other artists around the
world who are being denied the freedom of expression in the comment
box below. This can be either in the form of a personal message, a
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We invite you to also tweet using the hashtag #CelebrateNotCensor.