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VIFF 2018: "3 Faces"

Another film from Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who somehow manages to produce fine work, despite being under a 20-year ban prohibiting him from directing movies or writing screenplays. Read more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2018: "Hendi and Hormoz"

Hendi and Hormoz is one of those films that VIFF is best at: a human story set in an unfamiliar culture and geography, which draws you in because the dilemmas faced by the characters are, to some extent, universal. Read more

Michael Hayward's Blog

VIFF 2017: 24 Frames

Still photographs are animated into imagined lives by Iranian legend Abbas Kiaromstami. Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2015: Rainbow Island

An optimistic film about tradition and change on a small Iranian island Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2015: Paradise

An understated film which shows yet another side of Iranian cinema. Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

VIFF 2013: The Gardener

A film about filmmaking and ideas, as usual, from Iran's Mohsen Mahkmalbaf Read more

Kris Rothstein's Blog

Former Iranian schoolteacher, Mehrar Arbab escaped execution, moved to Canada and now earns a living selling All Beef Smokies. Read more

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