No Bears12A

Directed by Jafar Panahi | Iran | 2022 | 1h 47m | Persian w/ English subtitles | Starring Naser Hashemi, Reza Heydari, Mina Kavani, Bülent Keser

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi interrogates the authority of his homeland in his film about a couple attempting to secure fake passports so that they can flee to France. While filming, Pahani once again finds himself caught up in his own movie as he confronts local traditions and begins to court suspicion. Recently sentenced to six years imprisonment for supporting public protests, award-winning director Panahi continues to defy those who try to silence him by using film as a medium to decry artistic and political censorship in Iran.

Reviews

‘Its very existence is an act of defiance, a metafictional portrait of a dissident artist still at work. It also has a flavour all its own: a complex layer cake of guilt and suspicion’
★★★★★
Danny Leigh, The FT

‘The humane light that Panahi strives to use on even his most oppressive characters belies a sharp awareness of the power lines and misinformation that color an atmosphere where no one is easy around telling the truth.’
★★★★
Sophie Monks Kaufman, IndieWire

Book tickets

Thursday 1 December

6.15pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Wednesday 30th November)

18:00

Return to Dust PG
2h 14m | Mandarin Chinese w/ English subtitles
Moving and deeply humane Chinese drama about unlikely love, following the lives of two middle-aged singletons thrown into an arranged marriage beginning a new life together and building a home.

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21:00

Living 12A
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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Tomorrow (Thursday 1st December)

12:30

Living 12A
Baby Club
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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16:00

Living 12A
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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18:15

No Bears 12A
1h 47m | Persian w/ English subtitles
Recently sentenced to six years imprisonment for supporting public protests, award-winning director Jafar Panahi continues to defy those who try to silence him by using film as a medium to decry artistic censorship in Iran.

Book here

20:45

Living 12A
1h 42m
Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!