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The Circle by Jafar Panahi

'Restrained yet powerful, devastating in its emotional effects. The Circle is a landmark in Iranian Cinema'. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
The Circle begins with a black screen and the cries of a woman giving birth in a maternity ward. The newborn child is a baby girl, the grandmother moans 'the in-laws will be furious. They'll insist on divorce'. From day one, in other words, being female in a patriarchal theocracy like Iran marks you out as an inferior citizen. The director follows with deep empathy and compassion the thwarted efforts of several women to escape from a situation of entrapment within the system.
Winner of the FIPRESCI Award for best feature and the Golden Lion at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.