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No Bears
Institute of Contemporary Arts
November 2022
We see out the front window of a car from the inside. There are two people riding a motorbike, staring at the car's driver as they pass
No Bears, dir. Jafar Panahi, Iran 2022, 107 min., Azeri / Farsi / Turkish with English subtitles, 12A


The Iranian government banned Jafar Panahi from making films in 2010, but the director has continued to work regardless – even smuggling one feature, 2011’s This Is Not a Film, out of the country on a USB stick hidden in a cake. Panahi was apparently detained in August to serve a six-year sentence, but not before completing this typically smart and engaging feature, winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Panahi plays himself, or at least a version of himself – a filmmaker trying to direct a feature in Turkey while forced to remain in an Iranian village. As his actors perform the story of their attempted escape to Europe, Panahi finds himself coming up against both suspicion and tradition. The filmmaker’s richest and most complex work to date, No Bears is both a witty self-portrait and a compelling act of artistic and political expression.
 
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