Panahi, Jafar: Director Career

The cinema of Jafar Panahi is often described as Iranian neo-realism. Regardless of how one chooses to categorize his powerful work, the unprecedented humanitarianism of Panahis films cannot be denied.

Panahis cinema is urban, contemporary and rich with the details of human existence. Panahis THE CIRCLE won the Golden Lion at the 2000
Venice Film Festival. The unsettling drama about the social dilemma of several modern Iranian women was named FIPRESCIs Film of the Year and appeared on Top 10 lists of critics worldwide.

Panahi debuted with 1995s THE WHITE BALLOON, Camera dOr winner at the Cannes Festival. The story of a young girls adventures as she seeks to buy a lucky goldfish for New Year, THE WHITE BALLOON marked the emergence of a new cinema talent. Panahis 1997 film, THE MIRROR, received the Locarno Festivals Golden Leopard, and confirmed the young directors promise.

CRIMSON GOLD was selected in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2003 where it won the Jury Prize. It went on to win a number of best film awards and opened to excellent critical response.

Panahis Filmography

1995 THE WHITE BALLOON
1997 THE MIRROR
2000 THE CIRCLE
2003 CRIMSON GOLD
2006 OFFSIDE