3 Faces

Directed by Jafar Panahi

Release Year: 2019
Running time: 100
Country: Iran
Language: Farsi with English Subtitles
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Directed by: Jafar Panahi
Writer: Jafar Panahi

Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking is one of his very best. Panahi begins with a smartphone video shot by a young woman (Marziyeh Rezaei) who announces to the camera that her parents have forbidden her from realizing her dream of acting and then, by all appearances, takes her own life. The recipient of the video, Behnaz Jafari, as herself, asks Panahi, as himself, to drive her to the woman’s tiny home village near the Turkish border to investigate. From there, 3 Faces builds in narrative, thematic, and visual intricacy to put forth a grand expression of community and solidarity under the eye of oppression. – New York Film Festival


“Critic’s Pick! Elegant... immersive, pleasurably intelligent.” 

- – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Charming Iranian cinema at its purest. Defiantly modern in its liberating message.”

- – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“An artful, surprising and thrillingly intelligent story about a few women trying to make a difference.”

- – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“An urgent mystery. Panahi's sympathies are clear, but his humanity is boundless.” 

- – Scott Tobias, NPR

“Unquestioned patriarchal tradition and desperate responses to its oppressive power are dramatized in the Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s sly and defiant metafictional road movie.”

- – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A heartfelt statement of solidarity… such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.”

- – Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Full of intelligence and humility and a real respect for women and for female actors. Gentle, elusive, and redolent of this director’s mysterious Iranian zen.”

- – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A political and gently feminist statement... Panahi can't help but flaunt optimism wherever he sees it."

- – Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

“Captivating. A humanist drama of female power in Iran.”

- – David Morgan, CBS News

“A sly fictional commentary on life in Iran, hope, the country’s cinema legacy, and the continuity of history, disguised with folksy infusions of humor as a shaggy dog story.”

- – Barbara Scharres, RogerEbert.com

“A gently provocative meditation on the role of creative souls in modern-day Iran.”

- – Dave Calhoun, Time Out

“A beautiful expression of artistic solidarity.”

- – Sam C. Mac, Slant Magazine

“A hymn to the irrepressibility of screen storytelling.”

- – David Jenkins, Little White Lies


Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival


Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival


Official Selection, New York Film Festival


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