No Bears

Winner
Special Jury Prize
Venice Film Festival
Nominee
Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
[Panahi's] work has not astonished like this in some time.

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No Bears

One of the world’s great cinematic artists, Jafar Panahi has been carefully crafting self-reflexive works about artistic, personal, and political freedom for the past three decades, despite his oppression at the hands of the Iranian government. Now, as the international film community vehemently denounces his summer 2022 arrest and continued imprisonment for his vocal support of a fellow artist’s independence, Panahi has gifted us all with a new virtuosic sleight-of-hand. In NO BEARS, as in many of his recent titles, Panahi plays a fictionalized version of himself, in this case relocated to a rural border town to remotely direct a new film in nearby Turkey - the story of which comes to sharply mirror disturbing events that begin to occur around him. As he struggles to complete his film, Panahi finds himself thrust in the middle of a local scandal, confronting the opposing pulls of tradition and progress, city and country, belief and evidence, and the universal desire to reject oppression.
Not Rated
Genre
Drama
Runtime
107
Language
Farsi
Director
Jafar Panahi
Writer(s)
Jafar Panahi
Cast
Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, Bakhtiar Panjei, Mina Kavani, Narjes Delaram, Reza Heydari, Javad Siyahi
Awards:
Winner, Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Richard Brody, New Yorker

Panahi’s latest film, “No Bears,” which played at the New York Film Festival in October and opens Friday at Film Forum, is his most daring, most intricate, and most defiant metafiction, and its very complexity is a crucial aspect of its political fury. The movie is composed of three main strands ...

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