Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi plays himself in this road movie into rural Iran to find a young woman who posted a video pleading with filmmaker for help.
What’s most startling about Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian thriller Manuscripts Don’t Burn (Iran, 2013, not rated, with subtitles) is its audacity. Iranian filmmakers have a history of couching their criticisms of life in Iran in metaphor. This film puts its portrait of authoritarian oppression out in the open. We open on a contract murder that plays like […]
Before he won the Academy Award for Foreign Language film for A Separation, the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, Asghar Farhadi made About Elly (Iran, 2009), a compelling mix of mystery and social drama. Set over a family seaside vacation with three close-knit couples and their young children, this is a portrait of […]
Jafar Panahi’s Taxi carries only one acting credit, that of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who is quite literally in the driver’s seat of this guerilla film made on the streets of Tehran. It’s not a matter of ego—Panahi comes off as the most modest of filmmakers—but protection. This is the third film that Panahi has […]