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[Adapted from website:] Javan Online

[Date:] 30 Ordibehesht 1396 [20 May 2017]


Author: Vahid Mohri

Sanctifying the Perverse Sect and Mocking the Iranians in Cannes!

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, in the section called “Un Certain Regard”, there is a film called “Lerd” [a man of integrity], directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, which, although it is claimed to have been licenced for production, has not yet been licenced to be screened domestically, and was not allowed to be screened at last year’s Fajr Film Festival.

However, it seems that the management office at the Cannes Film Festival has issued a licence for the a copy of this film at the Festival, which is filled with sarcasm and ridicule of Iran and even the sanctification of the perverse Baha’i sect, [to be shown]. In recent years, like most of the festivals in Iranian cinema, “Lerd” has also been able to blacken and obscure [the image of] the ruling relations in Iranian society.

In the centre of the film, there is a young man, who, like the main character of the banned film, “I Am Not Angry,” is an expelled student who is depicted in an exaggerated manner. After expulsion, he wants to start farming, where he encounters a group of people who do not allow him to work. In this film, the young man is constantly portrayed as a cultured person and a representative of the intellectual community, who is always harassed by people, all seemingly affiliated with the government, who have come to take away even the right to life from this expelled student.

Along with blackening the image of Iran and its governing structure, a sequence of the film publicly engages in sanctifying the perverse Baha’i sect, where a student is expelled from school for being a Baha’i, and after committing suicide, he is not even allowed to be buried in a cemetery!

The screening of this film at the Cannes Film Festival not only caused the audience to ridicule Iran and Iranians during the screening of the film, but also caused one or two of the Iranian filmmakers present at the festival to criticize its producer. Interestingly, the official representatives of the cinema organization present at the event, including the lifelong director of the international section of a state-run cinema organization, who went on the trip with public money, not only did not show the slightest negative reaction to the producer, but also offered their congratulations to him, completely hidden and far away from the cameras! The question is, why did the supervision department of the cinema organization issue a festival screening permit for a copy of the film that is full of mockery of Iranians?