Press TV - An Iranian Culture Ministry official says Abbas Kiarostami's latest production Certified Copy cannot be screened in Iranian cinemas.
"The film cannot be screened in Iran because no production and screening license has been issued for it," Jamal Shourjeh, a member of the Supervision and Evaluation Office of Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry's Cinematic Department, told IRNA.
"Kiarostami's new film is a personal product and does not have a screening license," he said, adding, "Private screening of such products and releasing them on DVD is also illegal."
Produced by France's MK2, the shooting of certified copy started after a 14-month delay on June 8, 2009, in the Chianti countryside in Tuscany, Italy.
"Certified Copy has been produced by a non-Iranian in Italy in western culture; therefore, it should have a license for national screening," said Shourjeh.
Kiarostami's first film outside Iran is slated to be screened at the 2010 Cannes film festival.
The love story stars the Academy Award winning French actress Juliette Binoche and is in French and in English in parts.
Filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Palme d'Or award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.
He has also held a photo exhibition at Beijing's Imperial City Art Museum.
Kiarostami has staged Mozart's comic opera buffa, Cosi Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum Theater and the 2008 Festival of Lyric Art in Aix-en-provence in France.
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