theGUARDIAN| Jafar Panahi asks for Golden Bear winner Taxi to be shown in Iran

The Iranian director, who is not allowed to leave the country, said ‘no prize is worth as much as my compatriots being able to see my films’ after he wins top prize at Berlin film festival

Taxi film still
Taxi driver … Jafar Panahi in a still from his Golden Bear-winning film. Photograph: Berlinale/Photoshot

Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director who won the top Golden Bear prize at the Berlin film festival for Taxi, has pleaded with Iran to screen it, saying “no prize is worth as much as my compatriots being able to see my films.”

In 2010, Panahi was convicted of spreading anti-government propaganda and endangering national security with his work, and was sentenced to a jail term and a ban on film-making. While he has never had to serve his prison time, he was placed first under house arrest, during which he made his film This Is Not a Film, which was famously smuggled to the Cannes film festival on a USB stick hidden in a cake.

He has since been allowed to move more freely around Iran, though his passport has not been returned to him, making travel to film festivals like Berlin impossible. He has made This Is Not a Film, Taxi and another film, Closed Curtain, despite the ban.

In an interview with Iranian media following his Golden Bear win, Panahi said: “I’m really happy for me and for Iranian cinema,” but took the opportunity to decry the Iranian government. “The people in power accuse us of making films for foreign festivals. They hide behind political walls and don’t say that our films are never authorised for screening in Iranian cinemas.”

Taxi film still
A still from Taxi. Photograph: Berlinale/Photoshot

more

Veröffentlicht am 17. Februar 2015 in Iran, Jafar Panahi, Taxi Berlinale 2015 und mit , , getaggt. Setze ein Lesezeichen auf den Permalink. Kommentare deaktiviert für theGUARDIAN| Jafar Panahi asks for Golden Bear winner Taxi to be shown in Iran.

Die Kommentarfunktion ist geschlossen.

%d Bloggern gefällt das: