Closed Curtain

Synopsis: In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.
Genre: Drama
Production: Variance Films
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


Are you tired?

Come here, Boy.

Good dog!

Here. Come pee here!

Because dogs are impure

in our Islamic society.

they will now

be banned in public

The police will take

drastic measures.

Day 2. Dawn.

The man is asleep.

The dog licks his face.

Don't go outside.

Come here, Boy.

Get inside.

Get inside.

Good dog.

Hello, sir.

Who are you?

We are followed,

but we lost them.

How did you get in?

The door was open.

We had no choice.

- But I closed it.

- I swear it was open.

- Get out!

- But they'll never let us go!

- Get out!

- They're outside!

They're all outside. Look!

- There's no one!

- Some of them tailed us.

There are others on the beach.

- Let's go!

- Where? They've arrested everyone.

- I'm not afraid.

- That's what scares me!

She's soaking wet.

Where are you going?

- Who do you think you are?

- I said she's all wet.

That's not my problem!

- Kick us out.

- Don't!

Kick us out.

She's talking nonsense.

Don't listen to her.


Stay put.

Where are you going now?

- Get out!

- We are not thieves.

- Why take that?

- As a precaution.

Come on out.

Why are you here?

Where's the circuit box?

Answer me.

Why are you here?

Don't act like

it's the first time!

It's so remote here.

I can't believe they came.

They hauled off everyone.

She was with them.

She was crying,

begging them.

She ended up

running into the sea.

They didn't dare follow.

How do I switch off

the light in there?

Or she'll make serious trouble

in your house.

Why are you

talking nonsense?

Answer my questions.

Who sent you here?

Who gave you the keys?

What keys?

Come look over here.

There's no light here.

Check around the other side.

Open up.

Open this door!

Headquarters, squad 4 here.

Go on, I hear you.

We're in front of the house.

There are no lights on

and no signs of the fugitives.

Search around the house.

We already have.

Do you read me?

Yes, one second.

- Come back to the station.

- Copy that.

We're heading back

to the station.

Thank you, sir.

That was good of you.

Please leave now,

both of you.

But why?

- They left.

- They're not the only ones.

We're surrounded.

They confiscated everything we have.

That's not my problem.

I don't want any trouble.

- Where's the phone?

- I don't have one.

- So give me your cell.

- I don't have one either.

I'm sorry, Miss.

Keep her here

until I come pick her up.

I'll make it quick.


Give her dry clothes

so she doesn't catch cold.

And be careful.

She has a knack for suicide.

Young man!

Young man!


I don't want any trouble.


We'll leave

once he comes back.




- Do you have a hair-dryer?

- In the bathroom.

Not that door, the other one.

Over there.

What do you want it for?

For my cell phone.

It fell into the water.

He told you to make sure

I don't kill myself, right?


Where can I dry my clothes?

I'll come get them.

- I'll bring them up.

- No, no!

Don't come up.

I'm busy.

Go inside.

It's pitch black.

Turn on the light at least.

Do it yourself.

Where's your dog?

Who sent you here?

No one did.

I was forced to come.

What for?

No reason.

To kill some time.

No specific purpose?

A purpose?

So you're to blame

for all this?

Hi there.

What do you know

about him?

What everyone does.

What does everyone know?

They killed his mate,

then went after him.

You got in a fight

with one of them,

then took shelter here.

People say you got hurt.

Why would you think it's me?

Thick black curtains

to keep out the light.

You're hiding your dog.

You're scared.

I knew it was you

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Jafar Panahi

Jafar Panahi (Persian: جعفر پناهی‎; born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. 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 (1995). The film won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes. 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 Mirror (1997), the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Circle (2000), and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Offside (2006). 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."After several years of conflict with the Iranian government over the content of his films (including several short-term arrests), Panahi was arrested in March 2010 along with his wife, daughter, and 15 friends and later charged with propaganda against the Iranian government. Despite support from filmmakers, film organizations, and human rights organizations from around the world, in December 2010 Panahi was sentenced to a six-year jail sentence and a 20-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 Film (2011), a 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 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In February 2013 the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival showed Closed Curtain (Pardé) by Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi in competition; Panahi won the Silver Bear for Best Script. Panahi's new film Taxi premiered in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015 and won Golden Bear, the prize awarded for the best film in the festival. In 2018 he won the Cannes film festival Award for Best Screenplay (tied) for 3 Faces; although he wasn't able to leave the country to attend the festival, his daughter, Solmaz Panahi, read his statement on behalf of him and received the award. more…

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