Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes 2018!
Popular Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari (playing herself) is left distraught when she comes across a provincial girl's video plea for help,after her family prevents her from taking up her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to her friend, filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help with the young girl's troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest, where they have amusing encounters with the charming and generous people of the girl's mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar also discover that old traditions die hard.
3 Faces is the fourth film made under the filmmaking ban imposed on Panahi by the Iranian government, after This Is Not a Film, Closed Curtain, and Taxi.
Social networks are extremely popular in Iran. There is a mad quest for contact, especially with film celebrities. Despite his position as a director officially forbidden in his own country, Jafar Panahi remains a very popular recipient of messages, many from young people who want to make films. He usually deletes them, but sometimes he is touched by a sincerity, an intensity, that has led him to wonder more about those who send such messages. One day, he received a message on Instagram that raised a concern, and during the same period the newspapers wrote about a young girl who had committed suicide because she had been banned from making movies. This made him imagine receiving a video of this suicide by social media, and he wondered how he would react to that. This is how the story of 3 Faces was born
ABOUT DIRECTOR JAFAR PANAHI
Jafar Panahi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, The White Balloon (1995). The film won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes. Panahi’s films have won numerous awards since including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for The Mirror (1997), the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Circle (2000), the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Offside (2006), the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival for Closed Curtain (2013) and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Taxi (2015).
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Running time: 100 minutes
Iran, in Persian with English subtitles
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