The film world a political injustice loveth (but it also loveth good cinema). And in a perfect storm of urgent, inspired filmmaking and jurisdictional accuracy the Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlinale, went to Jafar Panahi for his film "Taxi," a day after the FIPRESCI prize was given to him. Many of the other awards given out last night went to the underdogs, directors making cinema on a ... more >


Who's who at Berlin this year? Read on

Gallic cinema's three most visible actresses, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert, will be present at the Berlin Film Festival (a.k.a. "Berlinale") next month, their latest films having been selected for the festival as announced by the festival’s organizers just before the weekend. Catherine Deneuve will be presenting “Elle S’en Va” (“She’s leaving,” in French) by ... more >

THIS IS NOT A FILM to open in New York

A filmmaker under house arrest reflects

Renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The Circle, and one of my all-time favorite, Offside) received a six-year prison sentence and a twenty-year ban from making movies due to his open support of the opposition party in Iran's 2009 elections. In this surprising documentary, which was secretly shot on an iPhone and a digital camera by Panahi's close friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and smuggled into ... more >

Berlinale 2011: Isabella Rosellini reads message from Jafar Panahi

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Jafar Panahi sentenced

Iran's foremost filmmaker will get jail

One filmmaker is the thorn in an authoritarian state's side--can you guess which one? As everyone knows by now Jafar Panahi was handed down a harsh sentence by the Iranian government. This kind of puts the profession of filmmaker back into perspective, doesn't it? According to Farideh Gheirat, this lawyer, the "Offside" director got six years in jail and will be forbidden to make movies, write ... more >


By ALI NADERZAD - July 8, 2010 Temperature a comfortable 70 degrees. I'm starting to be recognized by the young women at the vidéothèque counter. "How was your weekend?" etc. I discovered “Three Times” (2005) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, which is about a love story lived by the same people through three different time periods. The one that’s set in 1905 actually uses intertitles and melodramatic piano ... more >