Cannes to show movies by convicted Iranians

AP News
Posted: May 07, 2011 8:46 AM
Cannes to show movies by convicted Iranians

Organizers say the Cannes Film Festival will screen two new films by Iranian filmmakers recently sentenced to six-year prison terms at home.

Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof have appealed the prison sentences and accompanying 20-year bans from filmmaking on charges that included "making propaganda" against Iran's Islamic regime.

Cannes organizers said Saturday they will screen two films "made in semi-clandestine conditions" by the filmmakers and which were received by festival organizers in recent days.

On show will be Rasoulof's "Be Omid e Didar" (Good Bye), about a Tehran lawyer's search for a visa to leave Iran, and "In Film Nist" (This is not a film) _ about Panahi's wait for the verdict of his court appeal.

The festival on the French Riviera runs May 11-22.