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Art Censorship

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 14, 2010

Acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami says the political climate in his homeland is forcing him to work overseas.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 15th Pusan International Film Festival, Kiarostami said the situation saddened him but that he had to accept it as he wanted to continue making films.

His latest film, “Certified Copy” was shot in Italy and the director said he was now looking further afield for his next production.

“I think my next film will be done somewhere around here, whether that be South Korea or in Japan,” said the 70-year-old.

“The (political) situation inside Iran is not ideal for making a film. Naturally I would prefer to make a film in my own language but at the moment this is just not possible.

“But as a filmmaker it is important that if one door is closed to you, you have to find another that is open. And that is what I have done by making films overseas.

“It doesn’t mean I am unhappy with the films I have made outside Iran — cinema language is a universal language. But I would like to make a film in my own language.”

Binoche, who is also in Pusan, said the pair had dealt with those themes from the first time they had met to discuss the film.

“I came to Tehran to meet Abbas and at first I thought am I going to be able to come to Tehran knowing that the relationship between the Western world and the Middle East is not that great. He said it is not that terrible so finally I came,” she said.

“The first day when I came to his home I was worried because I thought a man and a woman alone in a house …

“So I was very straightforward with Abbas. I said I want friendship, I want art, I want sharing our lives and everything but I don’t want a relationship. Everybody knows the stories about directors and their actresses.

“And he was so relieved that he didn’t have to go through the process of a relationship that we started to have a beautiful friendship.”

The Oscar-winning French actress said Kiarostami and Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao Hsien, with whom she made 2008’s “Flight of the Red Balloon”, have had the biggest effect on her cinematic career and on her life.

On the other hand, Iran will have zero tolerance for filmmakers who support the country’s political opposition, Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini said Last month.

“Anybody who avails himself of its (cultural) syndicate cover for making political activities and undermining values of the establishment are not tolerated and harshly condemned,” Hosseini said during a press conference in Tehran.

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