This Is Not a Film

Synopsis: It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Palisades Tartan
  9 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min


Hello, hi.

Hi. How's it going?

Fine. How are you?

Thanks. What's up?

Not much.

l'm having breakfast.

Bon Appetite!

Are you outside office?

Yes. Somehow l'm making an effort.

So you're busy.

Kind of.


l'm stuck in a problem.

What did you do about that thing?

l'm about to find out more

and l'm trying to talk

with a couple of guys.

ActualIy, l'm waiting

for the right moment to start.

Then it hasn't started yet?

l'm taking a chance here and there.

l mean l haven't started

serious production yet.

Just doing some things for now.

Listen. l...

l can't say much on the phone.

Can you come to my place?

What is it?

Anything happened?

No, don't get worried.

Just come over. l have a few ideas

l want to tell you about.

Come here and we'll see what can be done.

All right. l'm somewhere

but l'll try to get there quickIy.

So you'll be here

in about half an hour, right?

l hope so.

There's the traffic, but l'll try.

l'll see you then.


Just don't tell anyone

you're coming here, OK?

ls there a problem?

No. Don't be worried.

Just come over.


See you.

See you.


Hello, Jafar?

Are you awake?

l wanted to say that Panah and l

are going to your mum's.

and we'll give her New Year present,

and then maybe...

we'll go together to your sister's

to give her present too.

You want to talk to dad?

Hold on...

Dad, listen. l turned the camera on

and placed it on the chair.

l just think there isn't much charge

Ieft in it. The battery might run out.


Don't get worried

if we're home late.

l'll try and call you again.

Oh, by the way,

don't forget Igi's food.

Get out of bed right now.

lgi's food is on the balcony.

Just wash it well.

Our daughter will kill us

if her lgi gets sick.

Make sure to water the flowers.

Don't get worried

if l call you late...

or if l don't call at all.

The city is real busy today,

and the lines

will probabIy get disconnected.

We'll come home late tonight.

l'll call you if l can.

l love you. Bye.


Eat and let's make up.

Stubborn boy.

Have some cheese.

Up here...



Hello Ms. Gheyrat.

Hello sir.

How are you?

This is Panahi. Very well.

How are you doing?

Fine, thank you.

Any news, Ms. Gheyrat?

Nothing new.

The appeals court hasn't decided yet.

So where do l stand right now?

l mean is it going to be clear

by the New Year?

lt all depends.

If there is some influence,

then they may issue

a verdict immediateIy.

But recent verdicts

have all taken long.

Do you think...

the appeals judge...

will confirm the verdict or not?

l need to know.

l believe that

the complementary punishment...

What's that?

l mean the 30-year ban.

Yes, 20-year ban.

Oh yes.

The 20-year.

l believe the

and the 6-year imprisonment

will perhaps be reduced somewhat.

This is my guess.

That means

l'll definitely go to prison.

Yes, the prison is certain.

They're not going to acquit you.

unless there is some

very strong order, a strong decisin,

or some pressure.

They never completeIy

over-rule the punishment.

What do you mean by ''pressure''?

Are you talking

about international reactions?

Yes, and the internal pressure, too.

The internal demand

can make a major influence.

Rakhshan (Banietemad)

talked to me, too.

l see.

l told her all this.

l don't know what effort

recommendation, attention...

these things

do make a difference, you know.

The domestic cinema community

isn't in a position right now

to be of much help.

l mean if they make the slightest move,

they'll be banned from working as well.

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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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