Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo

Will Iran Pull "The Paternal House" from Venice Film Fest?

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik July 31, 2012 at 11:20AM

Iranian filmmaker Kianush Ayyari's new film "The Paternal House" -- which is slated to have its premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month -- has been ensnared in political controversy that may prevent it from being screened. According to one report, Alireza Sajjadpur, from Iran's Culture Ministry of Supervision and Evaluation, said that Iranian films may be withdrawn from the festival.
0

Iranian filmmaker Kianush Ayyari's new film "The Paternal House" -- which is slated to have its premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month -- has been ensnared in political controversy that may prevent it from being screened. According to one report, Alireza Sajjadpur, from Iran's Culture Ministry of Supervision and Evaluation, said that Iranian films may be withdrawn from the festival.

paternal

While the larger context of their protest has to do with strong sanctions imposed by the European Union, Sajjadrpur said that specificaly "The Paternal House" -- which reportedly depicts problems faced by women in Iran -- required additional edits before being allowed to be screened. “The modifications have not been made yet. Consequently the film is not allowed to premiere in Iran and abroad,” said Sajjadpur.

According to previous announcements, the film chronicles the life of a man from his teenage years to the age of 86.

Kianoush Ayyari's credits include To Be or Not to Be, Wake Up Arezu and The Days of Gharib.

The 69th Venice Film Festival will open with Mira Nair’s Reluctant Fundamentalist on August 29.

Follow us

E-Mail Updates



Recent Comments

By Tony: I saw this with my girlfriend. She was completely taken in by it. This movie is no better than a soap opera. Absolute drivel, pandering to…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 28th, 2015 1:03am

By Joe Britz: While rape is a horrible crime, it doesn't mean we simply toss Blackstone out the window. The foundation of our justice system is innocent…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 28th, 2015 12:31am

By Amelia: It reminds me of the Dark Ages, where people would accuse a woman of being a Witch and everybody would simply believe the accusation because…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 27th, 2015 3:25pm

By Joe: There is no rape culture. Rape is a sickening and illegal act but apparently there are some who want to return to the old fashioned lynch mob…

Can Tearjerking Doc "The Hunting Ground" Change Colleges' Sexual Assault Policies?

Jan 27th, 2015 1:31pm

By roosevelto: I think that this movie is many things, one of those is political. Even if we suppose that it wasn't Afflec's intention, when has become…

"Argo" Reconsidered: Ben Affleck is a Right-Wing Propagandist

Jan 16th, 2015 5:08pm

By roosevelto: I watched the movie with the most naive eyes possible. I said to myself, don't care about facts, don't care about propaganda, don't care abou…

"Argo" Reconsidered: Ben Affleck is a Right-Wing Propagandist

Jan 16th, 2015 4:53pm

By Anthony Kaufman: "The Look of Silence" will definitely be on next year's list! It hasn't opened in the U.S. yet.

The Top 12 Documentaries of 2014

Jan 3rd, 2015 1:09pm