In his second movie since receiving his 20-year ban on filmmaking, Jafar Panahi covertly shot Closed Curtain in his own beachfront villa on the Caspian Sea where a screenwriter arrives at his secluded home to get some writing done. But he harbors two fugitives: his adorable pet dog (considered unclean under Islamic rule) and a woman who breaks into his home trying to escape the authorities. Like This is Not a Film, Panahi cleverly turns this drama into a bold film-within-a-film scenario where fiction and parable fold into fact and reality.
Best Screenplay at Berlin International Film Festival. CPH PIX, Toronto International Film Festival, BUnited Statesn International Film Festival.