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UTV World Movies to telecast Jafar Panahi films this July
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UTV World Movies that has been bringing the Ace of World Cinema to television exclusively through In-Focus a unique on-air property is, this month, going to show award-winning films directed by Jafar Panahi, one of the foremost filmmakers of new-wave Iranian cinema.

Panahi's work defines the aesthetic of Iranian cinema with his 'neo realist' approach. It is his unique and masterful balance of combining an insightful sympathy for his characters filmed in an unsentimental, realistic fashion with refinement.

His movies deal with such universal themes, often humorous critiques of modern Iranian society that makes his work so powerful and at the same time utterly humanitarian. Panahi has long been an eloquent and passionate representative for Iranian women. . His film career began when he served as assistant director on Abbas Kiarostami's Through the Olive Trees.


"Jafar Panahi is a celebrated and controversial filmmaker whose films have been banned in his homeland Iran. With his trademark focus on untold stories of Iranian women and stunning cinematography - is a master of emotions and subtlety.

"Indians audiences have always been fond of Iranian cinema - due to shared culture, focus on familial relationship and dramatic emotions and Panahi's cinema already has a solid steady audience here", said UTV World Movies Programming Head Manasi Sapre.

Panahi's films include The Mirror, The Circle, The White Balloon and Offside. The films will be telecast every Saturday at 10.30 pm.

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