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Dive into the endless layers of cinematic humanism within Jafar Panahi’s latest film, No Bears, fresh from its premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.
The film follows two parallel love stories that both feature the onscreen involvement of the director. Playing himself, Panahi struggles to direct a film remotely from a Turkish village, as the film is set across a border he cannot traverse without the help of smugglers. Meanwhile, at the village, Panahi finds the story of his film intersecting with the love triangle he inadvertently finds himself feuding against in the most complicated of ways.
Secretly filmed in Iran just two months before Panahi’s imprisonment, No Bears is another deeply nuanced piece of self-reflexive cinema from an artist who remains one of the strongest practitioners of film as a means of radical expression.
No Bears screens starting Friday, February 10th.
Friday, Feb 10 – 3pm, 5:30pm
Saturday, Feb 11 – 2:30pm, 5pm
Sunday, Feb 12 – 3pm
Monday, Feb 13 – 5:30pm
Tuesday, Feb 14 – 5:30pm