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This is not a Film

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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Fuera de Competición
Country Irán
Year 2011
Format Betacam Digital
Color / B&W Color
Running time 75 min.
Original language Farsi
Director Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Screenplay Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Film Editing Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Photography Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Production Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Cast Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Distribution Company Wide Management
Synopsis Jafar Panahi is taking breakfast in the kitchen and calls Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. They arrange to go to his house to “discuss some ideas” and he warns him not to tell anyone where he is going. This marks the beginning of a film that should not be a film, since Jafar Panahi has been barred from making films because “he mounted propaganda against the Islamic Republic”. Using what is available for filming, anyhow, Panahi joins hands with Mirtahmasb to put together a kind of homemade film which underlies the tension and anguish that Panahi is suffering while awaiting his sentence (still pending at the time the film was made), in which we see his routine on the eve of the Iranian New Year. A film that may be classified as clandestine and in which Panahi tries to, since he cannot give interviews, express himself and mention what was going to be his next project before the sentence that bans him from filming for the next 20 years. Because, as Magritte’s painting This is not a Pipe, this is not a film.
Director bio Mojtaba Mirtahmasb was born in Kerman (Iran), in 1971. He is the director of a number of short films and documentaries, such as Lady of the Roses (2008), and is co-director of This is not a Film (2011).
Jafar Panahi was born in Mianeh (East Azerbaijan, Iran) in 1960. His films include The White Balloon (1995), The Mirror (1997), The Circle (2000), Crimson Gold (2003) and Offside (2006), which won the young jury and the best actress awards at Gijón.