This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking.
- Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
- Jafar Panahi
An act of political defiance, a moving personal document and a meditation on what film is and can be.Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 04.05.2012
In short, "This Is Not a Film" is the world within an apartment, and it is quietly devastating.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 05.03.2012
Not a conventional film, certainly, but a powerful and important statement.Tom Charity, CNN.com, 01.07.2013
Truly and defiantly extraordinary in its own quiet way.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 01.07.2013