CLOSED CUR­TAIN

NOW Magazine - TIFF - - FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW -

In 2010, Iran banned Ja­far Panahi from mak­ing films for 20 years, ac­cus­ing him of man­u­fac­tur­ing “pro­pa­ganda” against the state. Yet he keeps mak­ing movies. His last (not) film, 2011’s This Is Not A Film, was a lowkey master­piece ex­press­ing the ne­ces­sity of art through Panahi’s predica­ment. Closed Cur­tain, prom­ises TIFF’s pro­gram guide, “finds Panahi in a much darker mood,” in a se­cluded beach house where he blacks out the win­dows and again be­gins imag­in­ing all the films he’ll never get to make. If it’s half as good as This Is Not A Film or any of Panahi’s ear­lier, un­sup­pressed re­leases, it’ll be one of the fes­ti­val’s best. Septem­ber 5, 9:15 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 4; Septem­ber 6, 3:30 pm, and Septem­ber 15, 9:45 pm, Jack­man Hall

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