3 Faces

3 Faces

Jafar Panahi (2018)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Jafar Panahi won the best screenplay prize at Cannes for the fourth feature he has produced since the imposition of a 20-year ban from film-making. The spirit of Abbas Kiarostami pervades proceedings, as Panahi accompanies film star Behnaz Jafari (playing herself) to the village in Iranian Azerbaijan from which a 20-something woman has sent desperately troubling phonecam footage after her conservative parents refused to let her act. Despite referencing his own situation, Panahi is more interested in the silencing of expression and the subjugation of women in his homeland. Quickly resolving the mystery of the missing girl, he focuses on the #MeToo-like shame of a reclusive actress. Moreover, Panahi lets Amin Jafari's camera wander, as the travellers meet an old woman who has dug her own grave, a farmer faced with an ailing bull and a father wishing to entrust his guests with a treasured possession. Densely symbolic but engagingly accessible, this is the work of a master at ease with his art and his plight.

Cast & Crew

Jafar Panahi Jafar Panahi
Behnaz Jafari Behnaz Jafari
Marziyeh Rezaei Marziyeh Rezaei
Erteghaei Maedeh Erteghaei Maedeh
Poetry reading Kobra Saeedi
Director Jafar Panahi
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Other Information

Language: Farsi, Azeri +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: New WaveReleased on: 29 Mar 2019