Venice makes political statement when choosing 4 Iranian films. – News Kidda

The Venice Film Festival has selected four Iranian films for its official 2022 lineup, sending a clear political message to Tehran, which has been internationally condemned for a recent crackdown on local filmmakers.

Just days after acclaimed Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi was arrested and sentenced to serve a six-year prison term, Venice revealed on Tuesday it would screen its latest feature film, no bears, in competition this year. The film, like all of Panahi’s recent work, was shot in secret because the director is not allowed to work in his home country.

Also premiering in this year’s Venice competition Behind the wall by Iranian director Vahid Jalilvand. A Lido Favorite, Jalilvand .’s Feature No date, no signature won the awards for best director and best actor, the latter for star Navid Mohammadzadeh, in Venice’s Horizons section in 2017. His latest film is a metaphorical story of a blind man whose life begins to fall apart when a wandering woman enters his world. enters.

Another strongly allegorical story is that of Arian Vazirdaftari Without hair. Premiering in Venice’s Horizons Extra sidebar, the drama follows Roya, a woman on the brink of immigrating from Iran, who meets a young woman who seems to have lost her memory. Roya begins to offer her a home and introduces her to friends and family, unaware that the woman is coming to replace her.

To complete the Iranian quartet of Venice is World War III by director Houman Seyedi, which will premiere at Horizons in Venice. Details of the feature are kept secret.

By giving such prominence to Iranian directors, Venice is sure to spark debate and discussion about Tehran’s censorship and oppression of its film community. Besides Panahi, two other prominent filmmakers — Mostafa Aleahmad (pussy) and Mohammad Rasoulof (There is no harm) – were arrested earlier this month for social media posts of a building collapse, which killed more than 40 people. They are currently being held.

Panahi is the most prominent dissident director in Iran. He was arrested in 2010 for supporting anti-government protests and sentenced to six years in prison, as well as a 20-year ban from making films and traveling outside of Iran. He served two months before being released on parole. Panahi won the Golden Bear in Berlin with Cab in 2015 and best screenplay awards in Cannes with Three faces in 2018, two films were secretly shot while under the official state ban.

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