Cannes: Juliette Binoche & Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

by Anna Robinson
Juliette Binoche, William Shimell Certified Copy
Juliette Binoche, William Shimell in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy

“The fact that a filmmaker has been imprisoned is itself intolerable. If the Iranian government continues to refuse to release Jafar, then we need explanations. Jafar Panahi was inclined to make his films under clandestine, illegal circumstances, but that's not his responsibility alone. The responsibility is that of the authorities who prevent him from carrying out his profession. When a filmmaker, an artist, is imprisoned it is art as a whole that is attacked, and it is against this that we should react.” Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, in Cannes to present Certified Copy, as quoted by Anita Singh in The Telegraph.

The star of Kiarostami's film, Juliette Binoche, began sobbing after she learned that Panahi had begun a hunger strike.

Certified Copy, for its part, has earned some good notices. Below is a snippet from one:

“If the couple featured in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise and Before Sunset got married, grew old, divorced and reunited, the resulting confrontation would probably look a lot like Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy,” writes Eric Kohn at indieWIRE. “Possibly the Iranian director's most accessible work, this elegant, stream-of-conciousness [sic] movie takes place almost entirely within the constraints of a single two-person conversation. Humming along on the rhythm of its central dialogue, Certified Copy drags a minimalist romance down the rabbit hole of philosophical revelation.”

Photo: Cannes Film Festival

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