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Films & Schedules - CLOSED CURTAIN


Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 12, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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DIRECTOR: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi - IRAN

Still banned from making films for 20 years, celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi defied Islamic authorities to make this daring and angry protest against repression and devastating portrait of melancholia and paranoia. In a house by the sea, a man hides with his illegal (considered “unclean”) dog, working on a screenplay. A mysterious young woman arrives, clearly hiding from something herself, and refuses to leave. Then Panahi himself arrives, and the curtain on what has come before is at least partly lifted. Of his enigmatic meditation on the blurry line between fiction and real life, Panahi says: “Closed Curtain uses shifting genres and stories within stories to highlight why filmmaking is a necessity in a filmmaker’s life: it is the imperative need to show the reality of the world we live in.” (106 mins.)

Filmography: Panahi: The White Balloon (95), The Circle (00), Offside (06), This Is Not a Film (11); Partovi: Border Café (05).

Sponsored by the Portland State University  English Department.


Interests: Narrative Feature, Middle Eastern.

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