Cannes appealing to Iran to lift director’s travel ban

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By Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline
April 12, 2018
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In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said Thursday that the festival will appeal to Iran for the filmmaker’s presence.
The same goes for Kirill Serebrennikov, the theatrical producer and director who is under house arrest in Russia. He has been invited to the festival in competition for the first time with “Leto” (“Summer”) about the life of Soviet rock star Viktor Tsoi and the Leningrad rock underground of the ’80s. The director previously had 2016’s “The Disciple” in Un Certain Regard.
Of Panahi, Frémaux said, “The Iranian authorities will receive a letter from us and from the French authorities to see if they can authorize him to come. We would really love to welcome him.”
Cannes President Pierre Lescure was careful to add that “it’s not a question of pressure. We are not diplomats. The French authorities will accompany us in the procedure which is great. We have to be formal, but not provoking.”
“Three Faces” tells the story of a trio of Iranian actresses in various life situations.
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