Cannes Festival Adds Films By Persecuted Iranian Filmmakers

The French news agency AFP is reporting that convicted Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof may make an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. “We are happy, if confirmed, that Rasoulof can come and then we will re-show his film, but we will only be really happy when his appeal and that of Jafar Panahi have been completed,” said Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux. A court in December sentenced Rasoulof, along with fellow prominent director Panahi, to six years in jail and barred him from making films for 20 years. The two were released on bail pending an appeal but banned from travel abroad.