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818 Ratings

The Circle


Directed by Jafar Panahi
Iran, Switzerland, 2000


The intertwining paths of various women, who struggle to function in the sexist society of contemporary Iran.

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The Circle Directed by Jafar Panahi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2000 | 6 wins including: Best Feature (FIPRESCI Prize)

2000 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

Critics reviews

It’s with The Circle thatPanahi fully establishes his credentials as a master, a man who clearly knows filmmaking like the back of his hand… the fact that it’s so blunt and effective makes some people furious, Iranians and non-Iranians alike — because it’s axiomatic that political provocations tend to put us all on the spot and make us angry or defensive, sometimes both.
June 08, 2001
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