Farhadi calls on Iran to allow barred director to Cannes


Iranian producer Asghar Farhadi has approached the Iranian government to permit his comrade and kindred chief Jafar Panahi to go to the Cannes Film Festival.

Panahi has been banished from leaving Iran since being discovered liable in 2010 for “colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”

Farhadi closed the news gathering for his Cannes opener “Everyone Knows” with a supplication for Panahi to be permitted to come to Cannes for the debut of Panahi’s “Three Faces.” It’s to make a big appearance in Cannes on May 13, in rivalry.

Farhadi said Panahi should watch his film with the group of onlookers. Being permitted to come to Cannes while Panahi has been disallowed, Farhadi stated, “is something I had difficulty living with.”

Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

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