(Persia Digest) - Iranian cinema has had a prominent presence in Cannes with the film "Everyone knows", which opened the ceremony and the screening of several Iranian films in the competition section. However, the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who is officially banned from working and traveling, could not come to the premiere of his own film. He, nonetheless, thanked all his cinema friends who had tried so he could travel to France on his Instagram page.
“Since the day "3 Faces" was announced to be among the films of the competition section, the support of my cinema friends doubled my hope and belief for the independence of the cinema and filmmakers,” Jafar Panahi wrote about the premiere of his film on Instagram yesterday.
“During this time, I was sent messages twice indirectly about my going to the festival. Messages that somehow wanted me to write one of those usual letters to solve my travelling problem.” My answer was clear: “I have not committed a crime to ask for forgiveness or reduction of the sentence that I have been given. If I wanted to do that, I would do it in jail. Writing a letter means accepting a verdict that was even unbelievable in the Middle Ages or in the era of McCarthy. I thank all my cinema friends.”
Cannes day 5, Iran cinema
On the fifth day of Cannes, Jafar Panahi's “3 Faces” and "Girls of the Sun" with Golshifteh Farahani, in the competition section, and "Fahrenheit 451" directed by Ramin Bahrani and written by Amir Naderi and Ramin Bahrani in the non-competition section will be screened.
“3 Faces” is Jafar Panahi's new film. A 100-minute movie with Behnaz Jafari, which is about a famous actress who receives a video from a young village girl asking for help.
“Girls of The Sun” is a 115-minute drama from France with Golshifteh Farahani starring as Bahar. The film is directed by Eva Husson, a 41-year-old French filmmaker. It is a film about the struggle of Kurdish women with extremists.
“Fahrenheit 451” is a movie by Ramin Bahrani, a 43-year-old Iranian-American director, which will be screened in the non-competition section. The screenplay of this film has been adapted by Amir Naderi from the famous novel of the same name.