Film of Son of legendary Azerbaijani film director won London Film Festival

interested in cinema know who Jafar Panahi is. Azerbaijani, one of the largest filmmakers Iran. His films became laureates of prestigious international film charts, including the “Golden Camera” of the Cannes Film Festival (1995; film “White Ball”), “Golden Leopard” Film Festival in Locarno (1997; film “Mirror”), “Gold Lion” Venetian Film Festival (2000; film “Circle”) and “Silver Bear” Berlinale (2006; film “Offside”).

For “anti-government activities” and for participating in protests against the official results of the 2009 elections, it was condemned for six years of conclusion (they subsequently replaced the prison for home arrest). Panachi was also forbidden to engage in cinematographic activities and give interviews for 20 years. Being under house arrest, Jafar took off the picture “This is not a film”, shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Despite the ban on the shooting, in 2013, the premiere of his tape “Closed Curtain” was held in Berlin, filmed at the dacha director. The film received a “silver bear” Berlinale for the best script. In 2015, his new work “Taxi” received on the same festival the main prize – the “Golden Bear”. In May 2018, at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival, he was awarded for the best scenario (the film “Three Persons”), but at that time he was in Iran under house arrest.

And on Sunday it became known that the debut tape of the son of Jafar Panahi, Panha Panahi, “On the road” (Jadde Khaki, 2021) won the first prize of the London Film Festival (LFF).

“In the category” Best Film “We celebrate the original and able to inspire the skill of the director who were able to catch the essence of the cinema, the essence of the life itself, – announced the chairman of the jury Polish cinemaker of Midgeto Shumovskaya. – Throughout the history of the movie, but especially during a pandemic , People looked for ways to convey the feeling of life. Our choice was made in favor of the film, who made us laugh, cry and feel that we live, “reports her words TASS.

Panahi in a short video event thanked the organizers of the festival, their parents and sister Solmaz, who also engaged in the movie and acted as an operator in the last film of their father – the short work “hidden” (Hidden, 2020).

“On the road” tells the story of the Iranian family traveling along the desert to an unknown viewer of the target in a close car. Jafar Panahi is a movie producer.