Austin Nov 14th 2018
1h 40 min, Country: Iran, Language: Persian, running with English subtitles
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, this road movie portrays acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi (THE WHITE BALLOON, TAXI, THIS IS NOT A FILM) and renowned Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari (THE CHALKBOARD, MOKHTARNAMEH) traveling to a rural village to find a distraught young girl whose family has forbidden her from studying acting. Both the mystery and the journey evolves into a calm yet profound exploration of tradition, patriarchy and female identity over generations within Iranian society.
– Ray Loyd, Programmer.
The 3 Faces shoot took place in three villages: the birthplace of Panahi's mother, father and grandparents. Such a familiar and protective environment greatly facilitated the possibility of filming without risk.
The three villages used in the shoot are located in the northwest of Iran, in the Turkish-speaking Azeri part of Iran, where people in the countryside are particularly attached to local traditions with some aspects still very archaic. The attitude of the inhabitants in the film is consistent with what is still happening in the region.
Jafar Panahi is an award winning director, writer and producer from Iran. After several short films and documentaries, he directed his first feature The White Balloon, which premiered in 1977 at Cannes' Directors Fortnight and won the Camera d'Or. Panahi's films are known for portraying realistic images of the Iranian society, causing them to be banned from the screen in Iran. In fact only his first film, The White Balloon has been granted the screening license in Iran. Panahi was arrested twice, the second time for 86 days. Panahi has won a number of human right prices, such as the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and The Medal of Art for Freedom.
Behnaz Jafari as Behnaz Jafari
Jafar Panahi as Jafar Panahi
Marziyeh Rezaei as Marziyeah Rezaei
Maedeh Eteghaei as Maedeh
Narge Del Aram as Mother
Producer & Director - Jafar Panahi
Script- Jafar Panahi
Director of Photography - Amin Jafari
Edit - Mastaneh Mohajer
Sound Design and Edit - Amireza Alavian
Post production - Pooya Abbasian