Iranian Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari has said that he did not support the Danish director Lars Von Trier's remarks at Cannes but meant to criticize the Cannes organizers' inappropriate decision.
Shamaqdari attended a press conference here on Monday held at the Farabi Cinematic Foundation where he explained about the letter he recently sent to the Cannes organizers.
The organizers of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 to 22) expelled Danish director Lars Von Trier after he jokingly called himself a Nazi and Hitler sympathizer
"I did not mean to support Von Trier. The letter was a criticism to the decision of the organizers of Cannes in restricting the artists. They claim they respect freedom of speech but their actions indicate quite the opposite," he said.
Last week, Shamaqdari sent a letter to Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob, criticizing the Cannes organizers' decision.
"They don't even respect their own words. They expel their guest quite contrary to the hospitality expected of a host. I wrote this letter to show my disapproval of their actions," he added.
"Surely you remember that the Cannes festival was established with the aim of struggling against fascists," Shamaqdari had mentioned in his letter published by Persian media outlets.
"After 64 years, it is sad to see the traces of fascist behavior in the Cannes organizers' decision to expel one of the acclaimed European filmmakers," he added.
Golshifteh Farahani in a scene from "If You Die, I Will Kill You!"
On the potential return of Iranian expatriate starlet Golshifteh Farahani, he said, "I had said some years ago there is no problem preventing Farahani from continuing her career in the country. But things have changed over the past few years. I have recently heard she has appeared in a film shot in Iraqi Kurdistan that depicts her in some improper scenes."
Farahani left Iran in 2008 following her appearance in Ridley Scott's spy thriller "Body of Lies" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
She has starred in the French film "Si tu meurs, je te tue" ("If You Die, I Will Kill You!") by Kurdish-Iraqi director Hiner Saleem.
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