Cannes 2018: Asghar Farhadi demands Iran lift travel ban on Jafar Panahi

At the press conference for opening night film Everybody Knows, Farhadi expressed solidarity for Panahi, whose new drama Three Faces is also playing in competitionAsghar Farhadi has called on the Iranian government to allow fellow Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi to travel to the Cannes film festival to present his new film.Panahi, a previous award-winner at Cannes, has been barred from leaving his home country since 2010, when he was found guilty by authorities of committing “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”.

The director’s newest film, Three Faces, has been included in the festival competition, with Cannes head Thierry Frémaux asking the French government for assistance in convincing Iran to allow Panahi to attend.

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