Jafar Panahi – still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking – follows up 'Taxi Tehran' with another powerful and mischievous statement on the importance of making art.
'3 Faces' begins with a desperate video message from an actor. Panahi heads off with fellow actor Behnaz Jafari (both playing themselves) to find her. We are taken on a tour of Iran, a panorama that slowly builds a portrait of the difficulty of female actors living in a patriarchal society. Humane and thoughtful, this is nonetheless a powerful reproach to forces that censor and control.
★★★★★ "The holistic vision of a nation is all at once generous and embracing, alarming and admonitory, bleak and beautiful." - Nigel Andrews, The Financial Times
★★★★★ "A magical journey...a huge achievement...a beautifully breezy take on misogyny that keeps you guessing till the end." - Charlotte O'Sullivan, Evening Standard
★★★★ "Funny and incisive." - Wendy Ide, The Observer
★★★★ "sly and provocative" - Dave Calhoun, Time Out