3 Faces
aka Se rokh
First screened in September 2018
Director: Jafar Panahi. Cast: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei, Narges Delaram. Screenplay: Jafar Panahi and Nader Saeivar.

Twitter Capsule: Panahi's interests in exile, immobility, and ingenuity move centripetally to rural Iran, embodying metacinema in new ways.

Second Capsule: Monrovia and 3 Faces, different as they are, were exciting to see on the same day. The latter's image of small-town ecology excited me more.

VOR:   Some play with concepts and frameworks feels familiar from Iranian precursors (not just Panahi), but so much is fresh, and increasingly heartfelt.

Photo © 2018 Jafar Panahi Film Productions, © 2019 Kino Lorber

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Cannes Film Festival: Best Screenplay (tie)

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