3 Faces

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3 Faces


3 Faces : Sun | February 3 | 9:15 PM | Cap6
3 Faces : Thur | February 7 | 4:15 PM | Cap6

revelatory + defiant + intriguing


Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival

Director: Jafar Panahi

Country: Iran

Year: 2018

Runtime: 100 min


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3 Faces is a patient and enduring exploration of three female actors and a patriarchal society’s view of their journey at different points in their lives. Marziyeh, a young aspiring actor forbidden from following her dreams; Jafari, facing sexism despite being a world-famous actor; and Shahrzad, a retired actor, now a lonely outcast at the end of her career. All of them share a common challenge.


Jafari (a famous actor who plays herself) watches as aspiring artist Marziyeh (Marziyeh Rezaei) pleads for the well-known actor’s help from a secluded cave in a rural village. She needs help convincing her family she should attend the acting conservatory she’s been accepted into, but forbidden from attending. Then she appears to commit suicide.


Jafari and her friend, director Jafar Panahi (also playing himself) travel to dusty Azerbaijan, in search of the girl in the grainy video who may no longer be alive – the only information they have, a disturbing video neither of them can be sure is even real. Yet both are compelled to find the truth and find a young woman in a foreign land, where farm animals may be treated better than some of the women in the secluded village.


Real-life director Panahi faces a well-documented travel ban in his own country of Iran, unable to attend screenings of his own films overseas. Panahi is forced to rely on his films to speak on his behalf, and 3 Faces’ steady, even commentary is one that should be heard.

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