Magazine article New Internationalist

3 Faces

Magazine article New Internationalist

3 Faces

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3 Faces

directed and co-written by Jafar Panahi 100 minutes ****

Jafar Panahi has extraordinary nerve and courage. In 2010, in Tehran, he received a six-year sentence - enforceable at any time - for 'propaganda against the regime' and a ban on writing or directing for 20 years. Yet the following year he made This Is Not a Film, where he talks about and walks through a filmscript. In 2015's Taxi Tehran we get a portrait of the city as he drives a taxi and a static dashboard camera records the passengers. In 3 Faces he pushes the boundaries further in a road trip and many odd but believable encounters with people in his Azeri home region.

The set-up is dramatic. Panahi has driven there, with the well-known Iranian actor Behnaz Jafari, because a teenage girl in a mountain village has sent him a mobilephone video. …

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