Though there exists evidence (read: four feature films) that Jafar Panahi’s 20-year filmmaking ban has largely turned symbolic, every work nevertheless feels like a victory — for him, for the medium, and over tyranny. That they are largely excellent, boundary-defying works makes the whole thing a bit easier to celebrate, and word has it the latest entry is a worthwhile continuation. (Check back soon for our review.)

A surprisingly jaunty, blessedly subtitled first trailer has arrived, offering a window into the picture’s (surprise!) self-reflexive story of suppression and ensuing empowerment within Iranian structures. Seems word of the Abbas Kiarostami influence isn’t for naught, and Life, and Nothing More… vibes go a very long way.

Watch it below:

Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help – oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folk of the girl’s mountain village. But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality…


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