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Venice Festival breaks Jaafar Panahi's chains

Venice Festival breaks Jaafar Panahi’s chains

The Venice Film Festival sent a political message against censorship and authority in Iran, by awarding a special prize from the jury of its 79th session on Saturday to Iranian director Jaafar Panahi, emphasizing the desire not to leave the director imprisoned since July to his fate.
The director, who was forcibly absent from the event, won a long applause from the audience in Venice, after announcing his award.

Panahi, one of the most prominent names in Iranian cinema, presents in the movie “The Bears Do Not Exist”, which he was unable to present in the “Mustra” due to his presence in prison, the story of a creator detained in his country, in line with his reality, to better denounce the repression.

His most notable achievements
Panahi, 62, who began his career as an assistant to Abbas Kiarostami, won the Golden Lion Award in Venice in 2000 for the movie “The Circle”, and the Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 for the movie “Three Faces”, three years after receiving the Bear Award. Al-Dhahabi in Berlin for his movie “Tehran Taxi”.

Mina Kawani, one of the actresses in the film, read a message on the stage of the Palazzo Cinema in Venice: “We are all here thanks to the power of cinema, and for the sake of Jafar Panahi.”

Message to the festival
The director, who was imprisoned after being convicted of “propaganda against the regime”, sent a letter to the Italian festival last week, which he signed with his fellow imprisoned colleague, Mohammad Rasoul Af, in which he accused Tehran of treating independent filmmakers as if they were “criminals”.

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In their letter, the two directors emphasized that “the history of Iranian cinema bears witness to the permanent and active presence of independent directors who fought against censorship and for the continuity of this art. Among them, some testify that films were banned and others were forced into exile or placed in isolation.”