3 Faces (Se rokh)
Director: Jafar Panahi
Section: World Cinema
Country: Iran | Year: 2018
Language(s): Azeri, Farsi | Time: 100 mins
Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help — oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folks of the girl’s mountain village. But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality.
Jafar Panahi directed his first feature, The White Balloon (1995), for which he won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Among other awards, he has garnered the Golden Lion in Venice and the Fipresci Grand Prix in San Sebastian for The Circle (2000), the Jury Grand Prix in Berlin for Offside (2006), the Best Screenplay Silver Bear for Closed Curtain (2012) in Berlín, and the Golden Bear and Fipresci Prize for Taxi (2015) at the Berlinale.