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FILM OPENS: January 11, 2013

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BEST FOREIGN FILMS OF 2012 SERIES: This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.

  • Director: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
  • Country: Iran
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2012
  • Run Time: 01:18:01
  • imdb Score: 7.8/10 (1,090 votes)
  • Language: Persian
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast:
"It's a cry from the heart of an artist compelled to create, tell stories and respond to hostile, confounding realities."
Ann Hornaday - WASHINGTON POST

"In short, "This Is Not a Film" is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating."
Ty Burr - BOSTON GLOBE

AWARDS

Sofia International Film Festival 2012
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2012
Best Non-Fiction Film

FESTIVALS

Cannes Film Festival 2011

Helsinki Int'l Film Festival 2011

Hamburg Film Festival 2011

Mar del Plata Film Festival 2012

Buenos Aires Int'l Festival of Independent Cinema 2012

Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival 2012

Dubai Int'l Film Festival 2011