Jafar Panahi is a multi-award-winning director, writer and producer born in 1960, Mianeh, Iran. After several short films and documentaries, he directed his first feature The White Balloon (Badkonake Sefid) which premiered in 1977 in Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d’Or. The Mirror (Ayneh) premiered in 2000 in Locarno and won the Golden Leopard. ‘The Circle‘ (Dayereh) premiered in 2003 In Venice and won the Golden Lion. Crimson Gold (Talayeh Sorkh) premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes and won The Jury Prize. OFFSIDE premiered in 2010 in Berlin and won the Silver Bear for Best Director. This Is Not A Film (in film nist) premiered in 2012 in Cannes Official Selection in Special Screening. Closed Curtain (pardé) premiered in 2013 in Berlin and won the SilverBear for Best Script. Jafar Panahi’s films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran.

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