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Persepolis causes controversy in Cannes

IranianFlag.jpgAn comic book by Iranian Writer and Director Marjane Satrapi is raising controversy in Cannes as an Iranian body in charge of festivals claims that the Cannes Film Festival should not be showing the film of the work.

Marjane Satrapi wrote the comic book Persepolis about a young girl growing up in Iran after the Islamic revolution, and together with fellow Writer and Director Vincent Paronnaud they created an animated film starring Catherine Deneuve and Gena Rowlands. The film is competing for the Palme d'Or.

However the Iran Farabi Foundation, which is a Government affiliated body in charge of Iranian festivals, has written to the Cannes Film Festival protesting the showing of the film. From the ISNA news agency through Hemscott, they say:

"This year the Cannes Film Festival, in an unconventional and unsuitable act, has chosen a movie about Iran that has presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution in some of its parts..."

Although the whole text of the letter isn't included, the story goes onto say that the film would damage the reputation of the festival.

So far there have been no official responses, but I wouldn't expect to see the film removed from competition, and if it was I'd be very surprised and disappointed. This follows on from the Iran-300 controversy we saw even on Filmstalker. The question is does the film really offend the average Iranian film fan, or is it just this festival body?



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