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Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies, but is thankful he can vote for the Oscars

Jafar Panahi has thanked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for inviting him into their voting branch, despite his ongoing issues with the Iranian Government. In 2010, the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker was deemed to have produced “propaganda against the Islamic republic,” placed under house arrest, and banned from making movies for 20 years. […]

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Sydney Film Festival – Closed Curtain review

By Simon Miraudo June 10, 2013 We accuse directors who indulge in metatextual moviemaking of disappearing up their own rear ends. In the case of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, it’s a choice between there and prison. Panahi was put under house arrest by the Iranian government for producing, in their eyes, “propaganda against the Islamic […]

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Iran mounts remake of Argo

Argo has been one of the biggest success stories of the past 12 months; an intelligent, crowd-pleasing movie about a stranger-than-fiction tale which completed its victory lap with Best Picture and Director honours at the Golden Globes and a slew of Oscar nominations. Not everyone is happy with Ben Affleck’s CIA flick, however; specifically, Iran. As […]

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No place like home – Goodbye review (Sydney Film Festival)

Goodbye – Starring Leyla Zareh, Hassan Pourshirazi, and Behname Tashakor. Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof. By Simon Miraudo. Goodbye played the Sydney Film Festival. It does not yet have an Australian release date. Though it has a reputation for being hidden behind a veil of strict Government control and religious fanaticism, Iran’s cinematic culture is growing […]

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Home alone – This Is Not a Film review

This Is Not a Film – Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. Rated G. Originally published March 5, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. This Is Not a Film arrives on DVD in Australia April 18, 2012. Jafar Panahi may claim his latest isn’t a film, but it certainly says more about the craft of cinema, as well as the human compulsion to […]

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Perth International Arts Festival reveals In Retrospect line-up

The Perth International Arts Fest is celebrating ’60 Years of Festival Films‘ by screening eight classic pictures over the course of one big week. The line-up of features – taken from the past six decades – was revealed last week, and they include legendary works from Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jane Campion, François Truffaut, as […]

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