Loft Film Fest: 3 Faces


The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd.
85716 Tucson , AZ


Sun, 11/11/2018 - 7:30pm


Part of the Loft Film Fest

Acclaimed director Jafar Panahi’s (The White Balloon; Offside) fourth outing since the Iranian government sentenced him to a 20-year filmmaking ban has Panahi and actress Behnaz Jafari playing themselves in a road movie 

It starts when Jafari receives a disturbing video in which a young woman named Marziyeh, distraught over her family’s refusal to allow her to leave home and study acting, hangs herself. Frantic but unsure whether the clip is real or simply a tasteless ploy on Panahi’s part to pitch her a forthcoming screenplay about suicide, the actress abandons her film set with the director; they embark on a journey across Iran to a remote, mountainous village in hopes of locating the girl unharmed. Along the way, they are subject to a number of peculiar encounters that touch on Marziyeh’s plight: Mundane occurrences (a road blocked by an injured bull, a late-night stroll) become lessons in patriarchal masculinity, while the search for her widens to involve another legendary actress who lives in independent solitude at the edge of the village. Yet it all comes together as an enchanting, deceptively simple meditation on freedom in art and life from a director who’s fought hard for his own.

General admission: $10
Loft Members: $8

Jafar Panahi

Country of Origin 

Persian (English Subtitles)

Year/ Length 
2018/100 min

Co-sponsor: The Center for Middle Eastern Studies