Iranian director’s ‘Closed Curtain’ an arresting allegory

Director Jafar Panahi ran afoul of Iran’s authoritarian regime numerous times before 2011, when he was handed a 20-year ban from moviemaking.

His first response was the acidly titled “This Is Not a Film,” a semi-documentary made in his own apartment.

Panahi has now made a semi-narrative, filmed inside his Caspian Sea vacation house; it is a slower and even bleaker film.

“Closed Curtain” begins with a man (Kamboziya Partovi, the credited co-director) who’s gone into hiding with his dog after the government bans the animals from the streets.

A brother and sister break into the man’s house in search of a hideout.

After that, the film fragments into an emotionally devastating parable about what enforced silence does to an artist.

When Panahi...

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Jul 9th 2014
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