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Renowned Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami cancels performance in London due to visa complications - Iranian renowned filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami called off directing an Opera show in London following the complicated and time-consuming process that took for Britain to issue visa.

English National Opera (ENO)

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has made a profound impression with the poetic use of Western classical music in his films. Now he turns to the operatic stage with his production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or for his A Taste of Cherry, Kiarostami has received worldwide acclaim for the simplicity and psychological depth of his work. Using spectacular filmed backdrops, he contains the world of Mozart's popular comic opera in a beautiful period setting.

Kiarostami was to direct a production of Così Fan Tutte at London's Coliseum.  But according to a report by Guardian, Kiarostami yesterday announced that he would not be travelling to the UK to direct the production, because, an ENO spokeswoman said, he "does not feel he was treated in a respectful way" when applying for his visa. He found the process "unduly time-consuming and hugely complicated", she added.

Abbas Kiarostami

In a statement, Kiarostami said: "I would like to thank ... ENO for the understanding and support they have shown in this very complicated but delicate situation. They respected my position and my principles in spite of the obvious fact that it was putting them in a very precarious and disagreeable position. I have to confess that this gives me hope; the world is still a liveable place malgré tout ..."

Kiarostami's assistant Elaine Tyler-Hall will instead perform the show beginning on May 29.

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