At the sprawling 2013 Toronto Film Festival, more than 300 movies screen in 10 days. Every feature seen means innumerable features missed; the festival endlessly generates regret. The mourning stages are quick, though, with another film to fill the void. I filled it with a variety of directorial self-examinations and laments.
Closed Curtain continues to mine Jafar Panahi’s headspace after he was banned from filmmaking for 20 years by the Iranian government. As with his first contraband feature, 2011's This is Not a Film, Closed Curtain is a study in containment. Where the first reenacted his day-to-day routines while under house arrest, this one attempts to depict the imprisonment of his mind. Fugitive characters from his unproduced screenplays haunt his vacation home, enacting their own locked-room drama. But like Panahi, they cannot escape to the wider world—they are stuck in his head.
Must-See Movies to Keep an Eye Out For: Dispatch from the 2013 Toronto Film Festival
Getting the jump on new work from Jafar Panahi, Catherine Breillat, Johnnie To, James Franco, Alex Ross Perry and more.