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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 […]

Critic’s Picks: A May To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.

SoCal cinephiles with Cannes envy can feast on a buffet of classics this month, including works from Elaine May and Kenji Mizoguchi, as well as John Cassavetes, Martin Scorsese, Ousmane Sembene and Iranian heavyweights.

Kino Lorber Takes Jafar Panahi’s ‘3 Faces’ for U.S.

Kino Lorber will bow '3 Faces,' which won Jafar Panahi the best screenplay prize in Cannes, in the U.S. in March 2019.

‘3 Faces’ (‘Se Rokh’): Film Review | Cannes 2018

Once more defying a filmmaking ban, Iranian director Jafar Panahi sounds the depths of traditional values in a road movie with actress Behnaz Jafari.

Cannes: Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Jafar Panahi’s ‘Three Faces’ in Competition

Artistic director Thierry Fremaux at a Paris press conference details the competition and other lineups of the 71st edition of the festival.

Zurich Film Festival to Feature Iranian Cinema

The Swiss fest will feature work from Iranian directors such as Jafar Panahi, Abbas Kiarostami and Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi.

Berlin: International Critics Also Pick Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’

The new Iranian drama, which the director shot in secret, won the Berlinale Golden Bear for best film.

Berlin: Jafar Panahi Wins Golden Bear for ‘Taxi’

The film was shot in secret to circumvent the Iranian government, which has banned Panahi from making movies.

Variance Films Picks Up North American Rights to Iranian Film ‘Closed Curtain’

Living under house arrest since 2010, director Jafar Panahi ("The White Balloon") defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking with his latest movie, which won the Silver Bear for best script at the Berlin Film Festival.

Iranian Director Abbas Kiarostami: ‘The Situation in Iran Has Never Been This Dark’

Having made his two previous films abroad, the former Palme d’Or winner says political uncertainty is undermining artistic creativity.