No Bears

Jafar Panahi
Duration: 107 min.
Country: Irán
Language: Farsi
Year: 2022
Friday 11th, 21:00 hs., Cine Ambassador (Sala Ambassador 1)
Saturday 12nd, 18:00 hs., Cine Ambassador (Sala Ambassador 1)
Sunday 13rd, 17:20 hs., Cinema Los Gallegos (Sala Cinema 1)

The first scene in No Bears works, like the rest of the film, as a game of mirrors. A couple talk about their new passports, with which they will finally be able to cross towards European lands, when all of a sudden, the artifice is revealed—everything we see onscreen is a sequence being shot, distantly and through a computer, by Jafar Panahi himself. The labels of documentary or fiction —or the intersection between them— are of no interest to the Iranian director—he is making movies. In his new feature, he assumes an artistic and political challenge even greater than the one in This Is Not a Film (2011) or Taxi (2015), traveling to the Turkish border when he’s not allowed to leave the country. With his usual narrative freedom, Panahi allows himself to reflect on the power of cinema as he exposes his own fears as well as his characters’.

Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi was born in Iran in 1960. His first feature, The White Balloon (1995), won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. His following works won important awards at such festivals as Locarno, Venice and Berlin. His most significant works include Offside (2006, 22nd Festival) and This Is Not a Film (2011, 26th Festival).

Data Sheet:

G, P: Jafar Panahi
F: Amin Jafari
E: Amir Etminan
S: Mohammadreza Delpak
I: Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, Bakhtiar Panjei, Mina Kavani


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