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

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by Anthony Kaufman
July 31, 2012 11:20 AM
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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report, Alireza Sajjadpur, from Iran's Culture Ministry of Supervision and Evaluation, said that Iranian films may be withdrawn from the festival.

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.

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