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Closed Curtain


Iran, 2013
Documentary, Drama


They are both on the run: the man with the dog he isn’t allowed to own because Islamic law deems it to be unclean, and the young woman who took part in an illicit party on the shores of the Caspian Sea…

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Closed Curtain Directed by Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Best Screenplay (Silver Berlin Bear)

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2013 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

Everything in the second part becomes a critique on the deficiencies of the first part. We see what it is like to be kneecapped at your prime, and Panahi suggests that the only thing you can do is to examine the wound and maybe pick at it. “I know times are really tough, but it’ll get better,” says Panahi’s friend. For his sake, and our benefit, we hope so too… [Closed Curtain is] a powerful meditation on creativity.
September 03, 2015
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It’s party a Godardian exposé of the pointlessness of artifice, partly a sorrowful gesture of creative indifference and partly an artsy version of one of those horror movies in which all the characters turn out to be elements of the same troubled consciousness. Only some moments shine through the general murk of a film whose very ineffectiveness might make its most important point, which is that a great artist is being damaged, his light dimmed, his very will to make things wekeaned.
July 31, 2015
The film zigzags from the petrifying to the playful, turning on a dime from creepy, character-driven drama to subtle meta-theatrics featuring Panahi himself—yet the entire enterprise functions coherently as a film about emotional and creative limbo. Panahi has again proven that a great artist can make even confinement seem expansive.
January 16, 2015
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