This Is Not A Film

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Cannes 2018: The directors who are banned from attending the film festival
Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi and Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov – who both have films competing for the Palme d’Or – have been prevented from leaving their respective countries

Gwilym Mumford; additional reporting by Saeed Kamali Dehghan

08, May, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Celluloid is strictly for nostalgists. Digital technology saved a dying medium
Those who mourn the passing of 35mm forget what a closed club film-making was, and overlook how vital and creative digital cinema has become

Danny Leigh

07, Jul, 2016 @1:03 PM

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Taxi Tehran review – Jafar Panahi’s joy ride
Again thumbing his nose at the regime that has banned him, the courageous Iranian director makes his latest film in a car

Jonathan Romney

01, Nov, 2015 @9:00 AM

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up
Jafar Panahi has been banned from making movies by the Iranian government. Which just makes his latest film all the more astonishing, writes Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode

24, Feb, 2013 @12:05 AM

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The 10 best films of 2012, No 6 – This Is Not a Film

Xan Brooks: In at No 6 in our cinematic countdown: a glorious work by director Jafar Panahi, currently on house arrest in Iran, that was smuggled out of the country in a cake

Xan Brooks

07, Dec, 2012 @10:27 AM

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Bully and Jafar Panahi make Oscar best documentary shortlist
Academy gets political with nods for This Is Not a Film, by imprisoned Iranian film-maker, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Catherine Shoard

04, Dec, 2012 @12:46 PM

This Is Not a Film: 'A salute to a creative spirit that will not be crushed' - video review

Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been banned from writing screenplays, making films and giving interviews for 20 years, but the circumstances of his house arrest make this his richest, strongest (non-)film so far, says Xan Brooks

Xan Brooks and Henry Barnes

30, Mar, 2012 @3:21 PM

Film Weekly podcast: This Is Not a Film

Jason Solomons and Xan Brooks review Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film, Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss, Hugh Grant in Aardman's The Pirates! and Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror

Presented by Jason Solomons with Xan Brooks and produced by Jason Phipps

29, Mar, 2012 @3:26 PM

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This Is Not a Film – review

Jailed director Jafar Panahi's agonising non-film heaps shame on the Iranian government, writes Peter Bradshaw

Peter Bradshaw

29, Mar, 2012 @2:30 PM

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This is Not a Film – review
Smuggled out of Iran inside a cake, Jafar Panahi's latest film is a remarkable addition to the literature of oppression, writes Philip French

Philip French

25, Mar, 2012 @12:09 AM

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Jafar Panahi was banned from directing or editing … and still got a movie out

This Is Not A Film was smuggled out of Iran inside a birthday cake. Long may film-makers continue to take risks for art

John Patterson

24, Mar, 2012 @12:03 AM

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Jafar Panahi: arrested, banned and defying Iran with his new film

Despite his house arrest, and 20-year ban on making films, the Iranian director has released a movie – the unclassifiable This Is Not a Film, smuggled out of the country in a cake

Xan Brooks

22, Mar, 2012 @6:00 PM

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