Back inhe made the news when he was sentenced to six years in prison, a year ban on making movies, and forbidden from leaving the country. His six year sentence was never completed, as the filmmaker committed to long hunger strikes in protest of his incarceration and treatment, and he was released on bail in the same year of his arrest. Hossain Mahdavian, director of the film The Midday Eventwas expecting to receive an honorary award at a ceremony, but Panahi refusedinstead taking the opportunity to beseech those listening to support Iranian independent cinema. It makes perfect sense that Panahi would be incensed at not only exalting an individual creating propaganda for his tormentors, but that these are the types of films that Iran will fund, spiting and limiting the reach of independent artists with more challenging fare.
After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, The White Balloon Panahi was quickly recognized as one of the most influential film-makers in Iran.
Although his films were often banned in his own country, he continued to receive international acclaim from film theorists and critics and won numerous awards, including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for The Mirrorthe Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Circleand the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Offside His films are known for their humanistic perspective on life in Iran, often focusing on the hardships of children, the impoverished, and women.
Hamid Dabashi has written, "Panahi does not do as he is told - in fact he has made a successful career in not doing as he is told. Despite support from filmmakers, film organizations, and human rights organizations from around the world, in December Panahi was sentenced to a six-year jail sentence and a year ban on directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media, or from leaving the country except for medical treatment or making the Hajj pilgrimage.
While awaiting the result of an appeal he made This Is Not a Filma documentary feature in the form of a video diary in spite of the legal ramifications of his arrest. It was smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Member of the Jury of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival inwhich also presented a retrospective of his films. Father of Solmaz Panahi and Panah Panahi. Amongst detained were 15 others, including his wife and their daughter, but released 48 hours later.
After more than a week in captivity in Ward of the Evin Prison, Panahi was finally allowed to call his family. On March 17, Rasoulof and Pourmoussa were released. The next day, Panahi was allowed to have visitors, including his family and lawyer.
Symbolic guest of honor of Cannes Film Festival in On December 20,Panahi was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to six years in prison and barred for the next twenty years from film-making, political activity, traveling or giving interviews.
Panahi is married to Tahereh Saidi, who he first met while he was in college when she was working as a nurse.
Together they have a son, Panah Panahi, born in and a daughter, Solmaz Panahi. His daughter Solmaz studied theater in Tehran. By winning the golden bear of Berlin Film festival for his film Taxi in Jafar Panahi became the only Iranian director who has win three major prizes of the four big main film festivals of Europe.
He has win the golden lion of Venice for his film The Circle in and the golden leopard of Locarno film festival for The Mirror in What makes me hopeful is this pool of young filmmakers can use all-digital cameras to make their own movies.
There was a time when the government had a monopoly on all the filmmaking equipment. How much time do I have left? Do I have twenty years left to live?
I cannot stay idle. I know this is what they want. They let me out of a small prison and released me to a much larger one.
When I was in a small prison I knew there was nothing I could do there. Every movement was being watched.This Is Not A Film and Closed Curtain, the first two films of the director’s house-imprisonment period, are more triumphs of personal expression than of filmmaking; testing but not transcending his restrictions, Panahi mostly succeeds in communicating the injustice of his situation.
Apr 30, · Iranian director Jafar Panahi poses during a photocall to present his film 'Offside' running in competition at the 56th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 17, The Berlin film festival has already invited Panahi to join its jury in February , for a start.
Berlin, Cannes, Venice, London, Edinburgh, Sundance, Telluride and every film festival in the world should make Panahi their jury president, and keep doing so for every year this gross injustice is maintained.
Iranian dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's movie 'Taxi,' in which the director stars as a taxi driver talking to passengers as he navigates the streets of Tehran, won the top Golden Bear prize. A statement from Iranian director Jafar Panahi on the origins of the project, laws about women in sports arenas in Iran, and the style of the film.
Offside is a funny, poignant, and jubilant Iranian film about some passionate female soccer fans. In this statement, provided by Sony Pictures Classics.
Director Jafar Panahi takes the wheel of a Tehran cab in “Taxi,” carrying passengers such as his real-life niece, Hana Saeidi, left, around Iran’s capital city.