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‘Le Spectre de Boko Haram’ Wins Rotterdam Festival

Political dramas and documentaries were the big winners at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), as socially relevant features from Africa, Sri Lanka and the Middle East came away with the top honors. Cyrielle Raingou’s Le Spectre De Boko Haram, a documentary that follows a group of children living in the far north region […]

Iran Director Jafar Panahi Released From Prison

Acclaimed Iran filmmaker and political dissident Jafar Panahi was released from prison Friday after months behind bars. News of Panahi’s release, first reported by Iranian independent journalist Mansour Jahani, comes shortly after Panahi, director of The Circle, Taxi and No Bears, announced he had begun a hunger strike to protest his continued incarceration. Panahi’s imprisonment […]

Imprisoned Iranian Director Jafar Panahi Declares Hunger Strike

Jailed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi has begun a hunger strike in Evin prison. The filmmaker’s wife, Tahereh Saeidi, announced the protest action on her Instagram page. In a statement issued from his prison cell and sent to The Hollywood Reporter by the director’s publicist, who translated the message, Panahi recounted his recent imprisonment by […]

New York Film Critics Circle Names ‘Tár’ as Best Film of 2022

The New York Film Critics Circle has named Tár as its best film of 2022. The critics group voted on its 2022 winners on Friday, with Tár star Cate Blanchett named best actress and Colin Farrell selected as best actor for his work in both After Yang and The Banshees of Inisherin, with the latter […]

Jafar Panahi’s Son on His Father’s Arrest and the Protests Shaking the Iranian Regime (Exclusive)

Iran continues to be gripped by nationwide protests against the Islamic regime, demonstrations sparked by the Sept. 13 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, while in police custody, after having been arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating Iran’s strict rules requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab. The protests are the largest […]

Sideshow, Janus Films Take U.S. Rights to Jafar Panahi’s ‘No Bears’

Sideshow and Janus Films have picked up all U.S. rights to No Bears, the latest film from Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi. The drama premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won a special jury prize. We Like has acquired all Canadian rights .The deal was negotiated by Celluloid Dreams on behalf of the […]

‘No Bears’ Review: Jafar Panahi’s Bold Meditation on the Personal and Political Freedoms of the Artist

Iranian former Golden Lion winner Jafar Panahi, imprisoned and subject to a filmmaking ban in his country, returns to Venice with 'No Bears,' his fifth and perhaps most chilling clandestine production.

Venice: Festival Reads Statement From Imprisoned Iranian Director Jafar Panahi

Imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has sent a message of defiance to the Tehran regime. Panahi, one of Iran’s most acclaimed directors, whose latest film No Bears screens in competition at the Venice Film Festival next week, was arrested in Tehran last month and is currently serving a six-year prison sentence. But from his prison cell, Panahi sent […]

Will Venice Protests Help or Hurt Filmmakers in Iran?

As the Venice Film Festival celebrates Iranian cinema — there are four Iranian films screening at the 79th Biennale — back home in Tehran, Iranian filmmakers and artists are facing the harshest crackdown in decades. The hardline government of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has stepped up pressure on dissident artists and all critics of the […]

Venice Festival to Hold ‘Flash Mob’ in Support of Imprisoned Filmmakers in Iran

The 2022 Venice International Film Festival will hold a “flash mob” on the red carpet to demonstrate its support for filmmakers who have been arrested or imprisoned over the past year. Directors, actors and other VIPs attending the 79th Venice festival will gather on the red carpet on Sept. 9 and hold up the names […]

Venice Festival Takes Political Stand, Featuring 4 Iranian Films in Official Selection

The Venice Film Festival has picked four Iranian films for its official 2022 lineup, sending a clear political message to Tehran, which has received international condemnation for a recent crackdown on local filmmakers. Just days after critically-acclaimed Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi was arrested and ordered to serve a six-year prison sentence, Venice unveiled on […]

Cannes, Venice Call for Release of Iranian Filmmakers After Arrest

The Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival have joined the chorus of calls for the release of Iranian filmmakers Mostafa Al-Ahmad, Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi after they were arrested by Iranian authorities in recent days. The latest crackdown on dissent in Iran saw Al-Ahmad and Rasoulof arrested on Friday over the posting […]