22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025

No Bears (Khers Nist)

Jafar Panahi

After being denied permission to leave Iran, director Panahi takes up residence in a village near the Turkish border to remotely oversee the making of his new film. Despite being initially welcomed by the village community, he soon finds himself garnering anger from the locals after becoming a supposed witness to a forbidden love affair. Meanwhile, the production of his film, which tells the story of a couple attempting to flee the country, runs into serious trouble.

With a film-within-a-film structure, No Bears follows two tragic love stories while illuminating the limits of filmmaking caught within the conflict between art and oppression.

In 2010, Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and was banned from working for 20 years due to the making of his film.

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Direction Jafar Panahi
Country Iran
Year 2022
Duration 107 min
Language Farsi, Azeri, Turkish with English subtitles
Production JP Production (Jafar Panahi)
Cast Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, Bakhtiar Panjeei, Narjes Delaram, Mina Kavani, Reza Heydari
Camera Amin Jafari
Script Jafar Panahi
Editing Amir Etminan
Sound Alireza Nekoolal Tak, Shahin, Khakpour, Salar Salimi
Website https://nobears.film/home/

Venice Film Festival 2022: Special Jury Prize

About the Director

Jafar Panahi is one of the most prominent filmmakers from Iran and has been awarded the Silver Bear for his previous films. In 2010, Panahi was banned from working for 20 years and sentenced to six years in prison on the charges of making ''propaganda against the regime''. As a result, the making of No Bears took place in secret. Shortly before the film’s release, Panahi was imprisoned and subsequently released on bail after a hunger strike in February 2023.

Press Reviews

„The best film of 2022“ (Los Angeles Times)

‘’No Bears is a funny, angry work of Protest Art - And a masterpiece’’ ( Rolling Stone)

No Bears shows an artist fighting despair in the face of tyranny’’ (Time Magazine)

International Feature Film Program