Banned filmmaker Panahi has a new movie, says Kiarostami

When Jafar Panahi's This is Not a Film landed on last year's festival circuit – including the Dubai International Film Festival – many assumed it would be the Iranian director's last piece of work. Shot in 2011, it documented his life under house arrest in Tehran while facing a six-year prison sentence and a 20-year filmmaking ban. The film was famously smuggled to Cannes on a USB stick in a birthday cake, then went on to receive widespread acclaim.

But according to his fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi has managed to produce another movie under the same, rather unorthodox conditions.

"He has made his second film since he received his sentence," Kiarostami told Indiewire while at the New York Film Festival to promote his new film, Like Someone In Love, which will screen at this week's Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

"After his sentencing, he made the film that played at Cannes, and since then he has made another. I guess it will be shown at another festival. I don't know why, but that's a reality people cannot deal with."

Panahi has been a noted non-attendee at film festivals across the world since his 2009 arrest, with his symbolic empty chair becoming a regular addition to jury panels. His latest film would undoubtedly be welcome at any festival, whichever unusual, confectionery-based delivery method is used.


Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Starring: Glenn Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anthony Ramos

Rating: 2.5/5

The story of Edge

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, established Edge in 2019.

It brought together 25 state-owned and independent companies specialising in weapons systems, cyber protection and electronic warfare.

Edge has an annual revenue of $5 billion and employs more than 12,000 people.

Some of the companies include Nimr, a maker of armoured vehicles, Caracal, which manufactures guns and ammunitions company, Lahab



Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

The Details

Kabir Singh

Produced by: Cinestaan Studios, T-Series

Directed by: Sandeep Reddy Vanga

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Suresh Oberoi, Soham Majumdar, Arjun Pahwa

Rating: 2.5/5 

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Christoph Ribbat
Translated by Jamie Searle Romanelli
Pushkin Press

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

The Killer

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell

Rating: 4/5 

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