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Closed Curtain

Maryam Moghadam (Actress)
Kamboziya Partovi (Director)
Josef Schnelle (Moderation)

 
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They are both on the run: the man with the dog he isn’t allowed to own because Islamic law deems it to be unclean, and the young woman who took part in an illicit party on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They barricade themselves into a secluded villa with curtained windows and eye each other suspiciously. Why has he shaved his head? How does she know he is being followed by the police? They are both now prisoners in a house without a view in the midst of a hostile environment. The voices of police can be heard in the distance, but so too can the calming sound of the sea. One time they look at the night sky full of stars before again withdrawing behind their protective walls.
Are we looking at outlaws, in all senses of the word? Or are the man and the young woman merely phantoms, figments of the imagination of a filmmaker who is no longer allowed to work? The director enters the scene and the curtains are pulled open. Reality reinstates itself, but fiction closes in on it again and again. An absurd situation: two characters from a screenplay, both searching for and observing their director.

Iran 2013, 106 min

by

Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi

with

Kamboziya Partovi
Maryam Moghadam
Jafar Panahi
Hadi Saeedi
Azadeh Toradi
Agha Olia
Zeynab Khanum

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