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نظربازی

Nazarbazi

[19'  |  2022]

Winner of Ammodo Tiger Short Award at 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam, IFFR 

Jury report at IFFR:

“An exceptionally skillful film, through the way it translates rigorous research into a convincing dramaturgical experience. The filmmaker managed to capture an argument into a piece of poetry – a seamless collage crafted with directorial intelligence and a seemingly effortless fluidity in both text and image. A film that seductively interrogates responses to censorship and suppression.”

Screenings: 

MoMA Doc Fortnight

True/False Film Festival

30th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF

70th MIFF, Melbourne

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin

 Costa Rica  International Film Festival, San José

Frames of Representation, ICA London

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Nazarbazi [the play of glances] is a film about love and desire in Iranian cinema where depictions of intimacy and touch between women and men are prohibited.

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The film focuses primarily on images of women whose bodies have been erased and victimised in post-revolution cinema, and alludes to discreet forms of communication that operate within, yet also circumnavigate the censors. It attempts to touch the spaces we cannot touch; inner feelings/sensations – but also untouchability beyond physical contact: unspoken prohibitions/regulators that may only unveil as embodied experiences. The film uses poetry and silence as the only language/s with which we can attempt to touch these spaces of socio-political ambiguities.

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Reviews 

by Namrata Joshi

National Herald

by Ben Nicholson

Film Verdict 
 

by Flavia Dima

Films in Frame

by Elhum Shakerifar

words sketched onto the night’s taut skin

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

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Mentions

by Catherine Grant 

Criterion Daily

by Ariel Avissar

Sight & Sound - BFI

 

by Leo Goldsmith

Senses of Cinema 

by Ben Nicholson

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by Flavia Dima

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

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by Namrata Joshi

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By Daniel Montesinos  

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