Behnaz Jafari and Jafar Panahi, two of the movies' three faces

‘3 Faces’ – a film by Jafar Panahi

Issue 1904

21 March 2019

Jafar Panahi is an Iranian filmmaker known internationally for his courageous films denouncing social evils in the authoritarian regime of his country. In 2010, Panahi was banned from filming after a number of movies and documentaries critical of the conditions of women in present-day Iran. Forbidden to write screenplays or give interviews he was also barred from leaving the country.

Panahi did not give up and – confined to closed spaces with only the bare essentials – he directed This is not a film and Closed Curtain. In 2015, the film Taxi Teheran – his first shot outdoors since 2010 – won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Panahi acts and directs himself, sitting at the wheel of a taxi he listens to his passengers, recording their life stories.

Cinema within cinema

In 3 Faces the director exercises a little more freedom: the scenes are not only shot in the closed confines of a taxi but take place out in the open in three villages.

Alongside the director, the popular Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari takes on a leading role in the film, where they play themselves.

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