The Circle

a JAFAR PANAHI picture

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Title

The Circle

Director

Jafar Panahi

Producer

Jafar Panahi

Nationality

Iran, Italy, Switzerland

Year

2000

Duration

90'

Language

Farsi

Format

Mono

Ratio

1.85

Original Title

Dayereh

Synopsis

Synopsis


Several women are in troubled situations, some on the run. Their crimes are vague, their guilt or innocence unimportant. Their paths cross, and the suspense rises in their intrigue-filled lives. Their world is one of constant surveillance, bureaucracy and age-old inequalities. But this stifling world cannot extinguish the spirit, strength and courage of the circle of women.

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Press

"Panahi squeezes power into every scene."

BBC FILM

"The world it shows is both mysterious and full of menace—yet as real as the world outside the theater."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Restrained yet powerful, devastating in its emotional effects."

THE LA TIMES

"A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran."

WASHINGTON POST

"Devastatingly effective."

THE LA DAILY NEWS

"In its brisk way, it’s a devastating piece of work, and very brave too."

THE WASHINGTON POST

"Alarmingly deft at exposing political and religious extremism for what it is."

JAM MOVIES

"Profoundly dangerous to the status quo in Iran because it asks us to identify with the plight of women who have done nothing wrong except to be female."

CHICAGO SUN TIMES

"An extraordinary film from a born filmmaker."

NEW TIMES

"A raw, riveting film that pulls you up short."

ROLLING STONE

"A touching, intimate portrayal of how women cope in this closed society."

FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

"Remarkable."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

"Circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism."

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"One of the deepest impressions The Circle leaves is of the terrifying but also in its way thrilling complexity of experience."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"One of the most courageous, hard-hitting films I’ve seen in a long time."

FILM.COM

"A dark, sustained, and wrenching film."

VILLAGE VOICE

Festivals
& Awards

Venice International Film Festival
Golden Lion
Fipesci Prize
OCIC Award

Toronto International Film Festival

San Sebastian International Film Festival
Film of The Year

Busan International Film Festival

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Göteborg Film Festival

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

New York Film Festival

International Rotterdam Film Festival

Uruguay International Film Festival
Audience Award
Best Film
Critics Award

Singapore International Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Fereshteh Sadr Orafai
Fatemeh Naghavi
Nargess Mamizadeh
Mojgane Faramarzi
Fatemeh Naghavi
Maryiam Palvin Almani
Elham Saboktakin
Monir Arab
Maedeh Tahmasebi
Maryam Shayegan
Ataollah Moghadas
Abbas Alizadeh
Director Jafar Panahi
Screenplay Kambozia Partovi
Producer Jafar Panahi
Associate Producer Mohammad Atebbai
Line Producer Morteza Motevali
Director Of Photography Bahram Badakhshani
Editor Jafar Panahi
Sound Sassan Bagherpour,
Ahmad Ardalan
Sound Mehdi Dejbodi
Art Director Iraj Raminfar
Production Design Abolfazl Laleh

Releases

Norway - Arthaus

02.02.2001

UK - Artificial Eye

21.03.2001

Switzerland - Filmcoopi Zürich

12.04.2001

Italy - Mikado Film

09.09.2000

Netherlands - A-Film Home

25.01.2001

France - Sagittaire Films

01.07.2003