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    Review: Why Jafar Panahi Was Right to Defy the Iranian Government Again With 'Closed Curtain'

    Panahi's latest fascinating defiance of the constraints placed on him illustrates his deep commitment to the art form at all costs -- including, perhaps, his own sanity.

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    'Closed Curtain' Director Jafar Panahi Talks About Making Movies Under House Arrest: 'Put Yourself in My Shoes'

    Panahi is prohibited by the Iranian government from making movies for 20 years, but his new one opens next week.

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    Watch: Canine Genocide, Broken Glass and Swimming Fully-Dressed in Trailer for Berlin Fest-Winner 'Closed Curtain'

    Variance Films has just released the new trailer for Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi's new film "Closed Curtain" -- the Iranian film is Panhani's second feature after being banned from filmmaking for twenty years by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in December 2010.

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    'Closed Curtain,' Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Second Film Under House Arrest, Acquired By Variance Films

    "Closed Curtain" won the Silver Bear for Best Script at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and will open at the Film Forum in New York City on July 9th.

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    Exclusive: Film Forum Announces Summer Slate, Including New Films From Jonathan Demme and Jafar Panahi

    Film Forum has announced its summer lineup, and as expected, it's an eclectic and exciting mix of docs and dramas, relative newcomers and respected veterans, and all films are of interest.

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    "Manuscripts" Travels; Rasoulof Can't; Iranian Filmmaker Held in Iran

    Ever-evolving human rights violations in Iran against its filmmakers is often difficult to grasp. One moment, there appears to be liberalization and rejoicing; the next there are crackdowns and arrests. Is it clear to anyone what exactly Jafar Panahi's situation within Iran is at the moment, given t...

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    Rasoulof's "Manuscripts" Flouts Iranian Censors, Invites Controversy

    Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who has been sentenced to a single year in jail by authorities in his home country, unveiled his latest movie in Cannes, "Manuscripts Don't Burn" yesterday; and it promises to only make matters more difficult for the courageous filmmaker. Like fellow Iranian dire...

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    New and Reviewed on DVD/Blu-Ray: 'Life of Pi,' 'This Is Not a Film' and More

    It's a big week for home video releases, with a major Oscar-winner making its way to the shelves and a number of award-nominated films coming along for the ride. Many of these films were fairly divisive; as usual click on the titles to browse more reviews.

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    Banned Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi's 'Closed Curtain' Earns Ire From Iran

    Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is once again in the spotlight for his latest film, "Closed Curtain." Having won Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, "Closed Curtain" has brought Panahi's banned filmmaking activites to the Iranian government's attention.

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    Berlin Review: Haunted By His Characters, Jafar Panahi Defies Iranian Government Again With Cryptically Self-Referential 'Closed Curtain'

    In 2011, shortly after he was banned by the Iranian government from making movies for 20 years, Jafar Panahi pulled off the impossible with "This Is Not a Film," a bold, diary-like production shot in the confines of his apartment. Given the circumstances, "This Is Not a Film" looked like the only le...

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