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No Bears Khers Nist

  Jafar Panahi

  Iran     107 minutes


Playful, powerful, and narratively beguiling, No Bears finds master director Jara Panahi in top form. Starring as a fictionalized version of himself, the filmmaker, who has been barred from leaving Iran, relocates to a remote village to supervise a production taking place just across the border in Turkey. Initially enchanted by his celebrity, the local townspeople grow suspicious of him and his camera. The film within the film, about two lovers attempting to flee Iran, begins to mirror events in the director’s own life as reality becomes increasingly destabilized and the parallel narratives meld into one. The resulting experience is an unforgettable meta-textual reflection on the nature of freedom, oppression, authority, and cinema itself.

 Azeri, Farsi, Turkish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events


Mon, Oct 17 @ 8:15pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center


Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11


Film Credits

  •   Jafar Panahi
  •   Jafar Panahi
  •   Amir Etminan
  •   Amin Jafari
  •   Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, Bakhtiar Panjei, Mina Kavani, Reza Heydari
  •   Mohammadreza Delpak
  •   JP Production

There Is No Evil Sheytan vojud nadarad

  Mohammad Rasoulof

  Germany, Czech Republic, Iran 150 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the Midwestern United States
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri).


Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival

Four thematically connected, meticulously constructed stories follow characters whose decisions to carry out executions (or not) have life- and soul-altering consequences. Devoted family man Heshmat cares for his aging mother, wife, and daughter—but where does he go every morning before dawn? Young soldier Pouya, who has been assigned to the prison death penalty unit, will do anything to escape his military duty. Javad gets a short leave to surprise his beloved Nana on her birthday—but when he arrives, he receives an even bigger shock. Bahram must explain to his niece why he has abandoned his medical career to live as a beekeeper. At once sobering and heady, Mohammad Rasoulof’s brilliant anthology film offers a humanistic reflection on the exacting social, psychological, and emotional toll of taking another’s life.

 Farsi with subtitles 



Cultural Partners

Logo: Telescope 100x100Logo: Goethe Institut 62x100


Runaway follows the stories of five young girls who arrive at a refuge in Irans capital city Tehran, having run away from abusive or neglectful families.

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