Cannes Film Festival to honour jailed Iranian directors
09-May-2011 (one comment)

Jailed Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof are to be honoured at the Cannes Film Festival.

Rasoulof's film Goodbye and Pahani's This Is Not a Film will be shown at the festival, organisers have said.

Panahi will also be awarded the Carrosse d'Or - the Golden Coach prize - by the French Film Director's Society (SRF) at the event.

The film-makers were convicted in December for working against the Iranian system, Panahi's lawyer said.

Both men were sentenced to six years imprisonment in separate cases.

According to a statement released in Italy in November, Panahi had gone on trial in Iran accused of making a film without permission and inciting opposition protests after the disputed 2009 presidential election that led to months of political turmoil.

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by Shemirani on

Great gesture !!