The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma said Wednesday that Abdolreza Kahani’s “Absolutely Tame Is a Horse” will not be screening due to a ban on the film’s international distribution by the Iranian government.
Iranian authorities took issue with the film’s denunciation of police corruption in the country. The film begins with a scene involving a corrupt cop and a drunk man and takes place over one long night in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
Kahani’s previous film “Nothing” was also held up by the Iranian Culture Ministry until scenes were cut from the film.
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma has condemned the situation in a statement.
The news is the latest in film-related censorship issues in Iran. Last month, six filmmakers were arrested in Iran under suspicion of working for the BBC, including “This Is Not a Film” co-director Mojtaba Mir Tahmaseb.