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Iran film feted by Cannes critics banned at home

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Authorities in Iran have banned an Iranian film in regards to the struggles of a household within the sanctions-hit nation after it was feted at this yr’s Cannes Film Festival.

“Leila’s Brothers” by director Saeed Roustaee has been banned till additional discover by the Cinema Organisation of Iran, Culture Minister Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaili instructed state information company IRNA.

The film “broke the rules by being entered at international film festivals without authorisation,” the COI mentioned.

“Leila’s Brothers” missed out on the Cannes pageant’s high prize, the Palme d’Or, final month however received the award of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).

The movie has been denied a cinema launch in Iran due to its director’s refusal to “correct” it within the method requested by the ministry, the COI mentioned.

Roustaee, 32, had already wowed critics overseas along with his 2019 police thriller “Just 6.5”.

From a working class district of Tehran, he instructed reformist newspaper Shargh: “I have a social commitment to the class in which I live… Nothing in my films is symbolic.”

For all of the challenges imposed by Iranian authorities the nation has lengthy had a thriving cinema scene, with figures like Jafar Panahi and Asghar Farhadi scooping awards all over the world.

Iran’s Zar Amir Ebrahimi received this yr’s Cannes award for greatest actress for “Holy Spider”, by which she performs a journalist attempting to resolve the serial murders of prostitutes within the Shiite shrine metropolis of Mashhad.

Ebrahimi, 41, lives in exile following a smear marketing campaign about her love life.

Her award infuriated Iranian authorities who accused Cannes organisers of “committing a biased and political act by praising a false and disgusting film”.

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