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Iranian short film to open Venice Film Festival in the presence of Jafar Panahi

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jafar Panahi, prominent Iranian filmmaker who was released on bail in May in Iran, will open the 67th session of Venice Film Festival with the debut of his short film, The Accordion.

Scenes from "The Accordion"

According to AFP, Venice Festival organizers said in a statement: "Jafar Panahi is expected in Venice for the Giornate degli Autori - Venice Days section of the 67th Venice Mostra (September1-11)."

In the post election events, Panahi was detained twice by Iranian security forces.

The second time round he went on a hunger strike to protest against his treatment by the judiciary and prison authorities.

His arrest was protested by a wave of human rights activists as well as artistic circles and figures.

The 8-minute short film, The Accordion was filmed in Iran and is part of a project about dialogue and tolerance between cultures, named "Then and Now: Beyond Borders and Differences" which is supported by the United Nations.

Panahi, who won Venice's Golden Lion award in 2000 for his film The Circle, is set to give a master class at the festival to young EU filmmakers, AFP reports.

Venice Film Festival will take place from September 1 to the 11th.

Related Article: Iranian film-maker Panahi to present film in Venice - AFP

"The Accordion", a short film shot in Tehran which will be presented on September 1, recounts the adventures of two young street musicians who can no longer play after an incident.

"I'm a director who pays attention to social aspects and what's happening around me ... 'The Accordion' shows my feelings about what's happening and how I see reality," Panahi said in the statement.

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