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by Indiewire Staff
December 20, 2010 8:48 AM
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Panahi Sentenced to 6 Years in Jail, Banned 20 Years From Filmmaking

Reports are coming in throughout the world indicating that Iranian film director Jafar Panahi has been convicted to six years in prison in his native country, a sentence extended by the additional punishment of being banned from directing or producing films for the next twenty years, according to his lawyer. Fellow filmmaker Muhammad Rasoulof, who was arrested with Panahi in a 2009 mourning ceremony for deceased victims of the Iranian election protests, also received a six-year sentence.

Panahi is one of the leading auteurs of the contemporary cinema. His films have enjoyed overwhelming critical success. "The Lion" won five of the most prestigious awards at the 2000 Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion. His films "The White Balloon" and "Crimson Gold" won the 1995 Golden Camera and 2003 Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, respectively, at the Cannes Film Festival. The Berlin International Film Festival, where Panahi was recently invited to participate as a jury member, awarded the director's "Offside" with the 2006 Silver Bear. He was unable to participate as a jury member at this year's Cannes Film Festival because of his recent incarceration.

For more details, read The Guardian's coverage of the affair.

4 Comments

  • NinNy | December 21, 2010 11:25 AMReply

    Awful news

  • darylchin53 | December 21, 2010 9:10 AMReply

    A truly calamitous turn of events; what pressures can be brought to bear on the current Iranian regime to reverse this injustice?

  • asiafilm | December 21, 2010 8:44 AMReply

    EVERY international film director, actor, producer, and critic must sign a strong petition, and also fully use the media to demand that Jafar Panahi and Muhammad Rasoulof be released from prison and from Iran, immediately. How can we tolerate this, just writing nasty internet comments, moaning about injustice in the world, and getting excited by the Oscars, Globes, Emmys, Tonys, film festivals and grosses?! On both humanistic and art levels, we cannot passively allow Panahi and Rasoulof to suffer for six years, and have Panahi's future contributions to life destroyed. If for no other reason than this man gave us a magnificent gift of "The White Balloon", we artists, filmmakers, audiences, and fellow human beings, cannot let this evil decision pass us by silently....Will someone successful and famous go through their priceless address book to start an Industry and public petition??? This is the very minimum anyone who has ever cared about cinema can do.

  • rubberneck | December 21, 2010 6:35 AMReply

    bs
    these maggots live in the dark age...