Sideshow and Janus Films acquired all U.S. rights to No Bears , an Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi of the latest movie. The play premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. We Like has acquired all Canadian copyrights. The deal was negotiated by Celluloid Dreams on behalf of the filmmakers with Sideshow and Janus Films.
Sideshow and Janus are set to release the film in the US and say they are planning a best director Oscar campaign for Panahi, who has become a voice against the Iranian regime. Taxi , Circle and This is not the famous director of the movie is currently protesting in Tehran The government was sentenced to six years in prison. This phrase was originally handed down in , when Panahi also received 13 years of film production prohibited. However, he continued to secretly make films, featuring himself as the main actor. His work during that period includes 20 Berlin Film Festival Winner Taxi and 3 Faces , won the 2018 Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Iranian authorities detained Panahi in July when he visited the Tehran prosecutor’s office to question detained dissident filmmakers Mohamad Rasoulof and Mostafa al -Ahmad’s case. Rasulov and Ahmed were swept out of the house after speaking out on social media against the government’s crackdown on public demonstrations.
The protest movement intensified after Panahi’s arrest. The death of Martha Amini. Amini was Iran moral in September The police made the arrest for allegedly breaking strict laws requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab or headscarf. She died in custody under suspicious circumstances and her family claimed she was beaten by police. Her death sparked the most widespread and radical anti-government protests in Iran in years. The regime’s response was brutal. The Norway-based Iranian human rights group claims that at least protesters have been killed by Iranian security forces in the past 2018 sky. Two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman) Yes Public Appeal Artists around the world declare their solidarity with the Iranian people.
In No Bears, Panahi plays a troubled Iranian director who is banned from filming and tries to Secretly direct a movie while thinking about what it’s like to cross the Turkish border. The concept of life imitating art imitating life has been at the heart of all of Panahi’s recent films.
After the Venice premiere, No Bears screened at the Toronto Film Festival and will be part of the official programming in New York and the London Film Festival .