This Is Not A Film was awarded the Carrosse d’Or (The Golden Coach) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, rewarding filmmakers with independent vision and thought, and while Panahi was unable to attend, the film was smuggled from Iran to France on a USB stick inside a cake. This incredible story is the stuff that thrillers are made of, but the tragedy is its reality.
In December 2010, Panahi was handed a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on making or directing movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media. He was also banned from leaving the country.
Earlier last month, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb had his passport forfeited at Tehran airport on 5 September 2011, along with having his laptop and notebooks confiscated.
This Is Not A Film is released in Australia on 10 November 2011 from Sharmill Films.