Jafar Panahi: Articles


Best Documentary Oscar: Michael Moore Changes 'Miserable Failure'? + 'Subversive' Iranian Filmmaker In

This Is Not a Film with Jafar Panahi and the iguana Igi. Under house arrest[1] following accusations of spreading “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” of Iran, filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Cannes Caméra d'Or winner, The White Balloon; Venice Golden Lion winner, The Circle) got documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of Roses) to record his […]


Lesbian Romance & Teen Pregnancy, Vanessa Paradis & Jafar Panahi: AFI FEST

This Is Not a Film: Jafar Panahi AFI FEST has announced the list of movies screening in the festival's 2011 World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs. Both World Cinema and Breakthrough feature numerous films having their U.S. premieres, including Chantal Akerman's Almayer's Folly, Jean-Marc Vallée's Café du Flore, Alexander […]


National Society of Film Critics Lambastes MPAA Ratings System

The Social Network with Jesse Eisenberg Filippo Timi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno in Marco Bellocchio's Vincere The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's retelling of the founding of Facebook, was voted the Best Film of 2010 by the National Society of Film Critics, which consists of 61 film critics […]


Global Lens at MoMA: Mohammad Rasoulof 'The White Meadows'

Zhang Lu's Dooman River MoMA and the Global Film Initiative (GFI) present the New York leg of the touring film exhibition Global Lens, described as “a project conceived to encourage filmmaking in countries with emerging film communities.” Global Lens 2011 kicks off on Jan. 13. The series runs until Jan. […]


WikiLeaks Cables & Michael Moore Revelations + Oscar-Winning 'Star Wars' Talent Dies & Adam Sandler Death Hoax

Wikileaks cables focusing on Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 have raised eyebrows, much like Britney Spears' appearance in that 2004 nonfiction blockbuster. In Moore's own words, these latest Wikileaks cables “provide a stunning and bizarre peek into the paranoid minds of the Bush White House when it came to the […]


'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thai drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (top); Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men (middle); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (bottom) Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a dreamlike Thai drama about a man dying of kidney failure that left many […]


Cannes: Juliette Binoche & Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Juliette Binoche, William Shimell in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy “The fact that a filmmaker has been imprisoned is itself intolerable. If the Iranian government continues to refuse to release Jafar, then we need explanations. Jafar Panahi was inclined to make his films under clandestine, illegal circumstances, but that's not his […]


Jafar Panahi Arrest + Jeff Bridges Dude & Academy Email To-Do

Jafar Panahi's Offside Jafar Panahi, 49, the Iranian director of the Venice Film Festival winner The Circle, was arrested on Monday night along with his wife and daughter and 15 house guests following a raid at his home in Teheran, according to The Times of London. Panahi had supported opposition […]