This Is Not a Film

Victoria Eugenia Antzokia

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Monday, 23 April 2012 / 16:30

4 € (Tickets)

Cinema and freedom of expression

Iran. Direction: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Production: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Screenplay: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Photography: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Edition: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Cast: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Running time: 75 min

LANGUAGE: Persian / SUBTITLES: Spanish

The Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi –The White Balloon (1995), The Circle (2000)– calls his former collaborator, the documentary filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, and suggests that they make a non-movie, since Panahi has been forbidden to film because of his “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”. He is under house arrest, waiting for a sentence that will finally ban him from making films for the next 20 years. They spend the day talking about film, future projects they may or may not be able to make, filming their discussions with the few means available to them. The result of their clandestine meeting in Teheran is this non-movie legendarily taken out of the country to Cannes in a USB flash drive hidden inside a cake.

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