This is Not a Film ( In film nist ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 11889

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 5

Theatrical Release Date: 02/29/2012

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/26/2013

Language: Persian

Genre: Documentary

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi

Actors: Jafar Panahi

Plot: This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.

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This is THE Film

SIngli6 - wrote on 05/15/2021

There is no greater pathos in this world than a free spirit admitting defeat to a bully. Noted filmmaker Jafar Panahi, a political prisoner under the thumb of the theocratic Iranian regime, play acts within his apartment the major beats of a screenplay he could not film; a story for which he is so enthusiastic he has staked his reputation and liberty on it. He gets through the first scene, then hesitates a moment. Utterly deflated, he asks 'If we could tell a film, then why make a film?'

That line hit a nerve with me. Every film-maker feels this to varying degrees. Panahi's experience is as bad as it gets, save for the hypothetical artist facing death itself as the possible consequence of self-expression. Nothing I have experienced compares to this man, but at its base I know what it …

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