Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

3 Faces

Special Screening

Jafar Panahi / Feature Narrative / Iran / 2018 / 100 min / Colour / DCP
In Azerbaijani, Farsi / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Gulf Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught when she comes across a provincial girl’s plea for help after her family prevents her from studying drama in Tehran. Abandoning her shoot, Behnaz turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help with the young girl’s problem. Together, they travel to the rural Northwest, where they encounter the endearing and generous folk of the girl’s mountain village. But Behnaz and Jafar soon discover that old traditions die hard, and the more they learn about the community they have infiltrated, the more they realise the inescapable bond between culture and destiny.

Veteran Iranian director Jafar Panahi ('The White Balloon', 'This Is Not a Film') delivers a delightful meditation on acting, reportage and political unrest. Through the experience of three actresses, we witness not only the film history of Iran but also that of the country itself and the experience of women in its society.

About the Directors

Jafar Panahi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor. His feature film debut, 'The White Balloon' (1995) won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes. He continued to receive international acclaim from film theorists and critics and won numerous awards, including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for 'The Mirror' (1997), the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for 'The Circle' (2000), and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for 'Offside' (2006). Other notable works include 'This Is Not a Film' (2011), 'Closed Curtain' (2013), and 'Taxi' (2015).


Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi
Jafar Panahi
Mastaneh Mohajer
Amin Jafari
Sales Company
Celluloid Dreams
Production Company
Jafar Panahi Film Productions
Amireza Alavian
Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei, Narges Del Aram,

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