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 PALISADES TARTAN ACQUIRES JAFAR PANAHI’S THOUGHT- PROVOKING IRANIAN DOCUMENTARY THIS IS NOT A FILM (IM FILM NIST)

PALISADES TARTAN ACQUIRES JAFAR PANAHI’S THOUGHT- PROVOKING IRANIAN DOCUMENTARY THIS IS NOT A FILM (IM FILM NIST)

THIS IS NOT A FILM (IM FILM NIST)

Written, Starring and Co-Directed by Jafar Panahi

NEW YORK (September 14, 2011) – Palisades Tartan has signed into acquisition all US and UK rights to THIS IS NOT A FILM, a clandestine picture about famous Iranian director Jafar Panahi, whose open support of the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 election got him a 6-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban from filmmaking and conducting interviews with foreign press. The deal, struck between Palisades Tartan and Wide Management, comes at the heels of Wednesday’s news of co-director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s own detention at the Tehran airport which sent shockwaves at the Toronto International Film Festival where he was to attend the film’s Canadian premiere.

Jafar Panahi, whose critically-acclaimed work includes OFFSIDE (2006) and THE CIRCLE (2000), is currently under house arrest, struggling to obtain a plea deal. Written by and starring Jafar Panahi, the film was co-directed by Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. “This film is of undeniable importance today, especially amid the current Middle-Eastern unrest, and we look forward to sharing this powerful and significant film,” said Soumya Sriraman, President/CEO, Palisades Tartan Films.

Since his detention in 2009, Panahi’s cause has won international support from the film community. Juliette Binoche was instrumental in bringing his story into the spotlight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival when she took the stage carrying a sign that read JAFAR PANAHI and Isabella Rossellini followed suit at the Berlin International Film Festival. World renowned directors, including Joel and Ethan Coen, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Robert De Niro, Curtis Hanson, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, Terrence Malick, Michael Moore, Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, James Schamus, Paul Schrader, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone and Frederick Wiseman signed a letter of support calling for his release. In December, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, and distributor Harvey Weinstein, among others, signed an Amnesty International petition for him as well.

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