This Is Not a Film Ignore the title This Is Not a Film — this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression. Sentenced to… This Is Not a Film Ignore the title This Is Not a Film — this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression. Sentenced to… 2012-02-29 PT75M Documentary Jafar Panahi
Movie Review

This Is Not A Film (2012)

AGAINST ODDS Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film
AGAINST ODDS Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film
EW's GRADE
A

Details Limited Release: Feb 29, 2012; Length: 75 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Jafar Panahi

Ignore the title This Is Not a Film — this is a great film, and a triumph of creativity and courage over repression. Sentenced to house arrest on charges of antigovernment collusion and banned from making movies, the wonderful Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The Circle) uses himself, his home, an iPhone, and a digital camera smuggled in by a collaborator to shape a movie that sneaks in wry political commentary along the way. (The film itself escaped Iran on a USB stick hidden inside a cake.) This "not film" is a stirring demonstration of how just living one's daily life can be a work of art. A

Originally posted Feb 22, 2012 Published in issue #1196 Mar 02, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions