Born Jul 11, 1960. From Mianeh, Iran.
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Jafar Panahi is a preeminent filmmaker of the Iranian New Wave. His first feature film was The White Balloon (1995), which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. It was scripted by his mentor, Abbas Kiarostami. Like Kiarostami, Panahi’s style is neo-realist and often blends reality and fiction, exploring the relationship between the two in cinema. Panahi’s other films include Offside (2006), about girls trying to watch a football match in Iran, and The Circle (2000), winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which also critically examines the place of women in modern-day Iran.