– Iranian Director Jafar Panahi, who is banned from leaving the country and making films, came in the 71st Cannes film festival, in competition of which presented his new work “the Three faces”.
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Press conference of the film crew without the participation of the Director was held on Sunday. However, the organizers of the festival before the briefing was installed a sign with the name of Panahi along with others. “We are sad that Jafar didn’t come with us. But in some ways he is present in Cannes, he’s on screen in his new film,” said one of the Actresses starring in the movie.
One of the members of the crew said that they talked with the Director: “He wasn’t sad, he was glad and happy that his film represented at Cannes. He would like to attend, but given the circumstances, it’s highly reactive”.
Actress Mastaneh Mohajer noted that Panahi was one of the originators of the women’s movement in Iran.
Jafar Panahi were arrested in Iran in March 2010 and later sentenced to six years for anti-government activities and involvement in protests against the official results of the 2009 elections. The Director also was banned from making films and giving interviews for 20 years. Panahi was under house arrest, but it did not become an obstacle to work.
Cannes film festival runs until may 19. In the main competition of the festival includes 21 films.
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