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This is Not a Film – review

24 March 2012 5:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Smuggled out of Iran inside a cake, Jafar Panahi's latest film is a remarkable addition to the literature of oppression

There is unlikely to be a wittier, braver, more serious film shown in Britain this year than the 51-year-old Iranian director Jafar Panahi's This is Not a Film. Made while under house arrest in Tehran using an iPhone and a digital video camera, it's an act of defiance in the face of the arbitrary, vindictive, capricious, utterly humourless regime of the ayatollahs and President Ahmadinejad. The film was smuggled out of Iran in a cake and it proved to be one of the most widely discussed entries at the 2011 Cannes festival, where it was a last-minute submission.

Following the fall of the Shah in 1979, Iran's film industry virtually collapsed for a variety of religious, economic and political reasons, but from the late 1980s it began to make a remarkable recovery, »

- Philip French

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