(Persia Digest) – Jafar Panahi’s last film has been selected to be screened at the 56th New York Film Festival (NYFF).
The NYFF is held annually at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 28 September to 14 October. This year, it has selected thirty films for its main section.
Kent Jones, Director of the New York Film Festival, has said this year’s festival is the result of work by artists with a myriad of sensitivities, from Claire Denis to the Cohen brothers, Jafar Panahi, and Jean-Luc Godard, with their courage as their common denominator – a “courage” necessary to counteract escape from quality and easy-to-follow business trends.
After “Three faces” won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, it has been in demand for screening at most international festivals. As of today, it has been scheduled for show in 53 countries.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that Panahi began work in the cinema as assistant to the late Abas Kiarostami. His movies are often defined as neorealist, with a critical view of social hardships in Iran, hence imposing screening restrictions on his works.
He has already won the Golden Bear award for “Taxi” at the Berlinale, and the Caméra d'Or award for the “White Balloon” in Cannes. Panahi also won the Golden Lion Award for the “Circle” at the Venice Film Festival, and the Silver Bear for “Offside” at the Berlinale.
Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on filmmaking during the 2009 presidential elections and pursuant unrest in Iran. He has continued his filmmaking in recent years.
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