Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi / IR, 2014 / 106 min.
This existential sitting-room drama is an undisguised metaphor for the artistic repression experienced by the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The film’s action is confined to a villa on the coast. In the opening week of Taxi Teheran, EYE is screening two of Panahi’s films that were not previously released in the Netherlands: This Is Not a Film (2011) and Closed Curtain (2013).
Although he was sentenced to six years of house arrest and banned from making films for twenty years for “disseminating anti-Islamic propaganda” in 2010, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has managed to smuggle two films out of the country since: the documentary pamphlet This Is Not a Film and the metaphysical drama Closed Curtain. The latter film was awarded the Golden Bear for best screenplay at the Berlinale.
Closed Curtain is entirely set within the walls of a coastal villa, where a writer (played by Panahi”s old friend and co-director Kambozia Partovi) blacks out the windows, releases a dog – regarded as an unclean animal in Iran – from his sports bag and starts working in all secrecy. He is interrupted by the arrival of a boy and a girl on the run for the police. Are they outlaws? Rebels? Or is he imagining them? Much more than an existential sitting-room drama, Closed Curtain is an undisguised metaphor for the repression and depression Pahani experiences.
Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi
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