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This is Not a Film

Art has the last word over government, always. In “This is Not a Film,” which is truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has made an essay with his fellow filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on what it means to be under house arrest and under the thumb of the Iranian culture ministry.
By mjphillips@tribune.com (IMDb)

The Assassins (2012) (Chinese)

Set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, the story focuses on Cao Cao in his old age, exploring the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son. (IMDb)

ARGO (2012)

In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceed to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves. 

Source: IMDb/Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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