Berlin Film Festival Responds To Iran's Protest
The Berlin Film Festival has responded cautiously to a complaint by the government of Iran for its decision to screen Jafar Panahi's movie Closed Curtain in competition at this year's festival. The film was awarded the Silver Bear for best screenplay. The festival issued a brief statement saying, We would be sorry if the screening of Closed Curtain had legal consequences for the filmmakers. It expressed concern for Panahi's two Iranian collaborators, Kamboziya Partovi and Maryam Moghadam, who brought the movie to Berlin and expressed the hope that persistent international attention be given to these courageous artists. The English-language Tehran Times quoted Iran Cinema Organization Director Javad Shamaqdari as saying that submitting films to foreign festivals without permission is illegal but at the present time the system shows tolerance toward such activities.