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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