Thursday, September 21, 2023

Iranian director Saeed Roustayi jailed for ‘unauthorised’ Cannes film screening

Sentence of the Leila’s Brothers maker, along with producer Javad Noruzbegi, was for ‘propaganda of the opposition against the Islamic system’

A court in Iran has sentenced prominent film director Saeed Roustayi to six months’ prison for the screening of his film Leila’s Brothers at the Cannes film festival in 2022, local media reported.

Leila’s Brothers, a rich and complex tale of a family struggling with economic hardship in Tehran, has been banned in Iran since its release last year. The film was in competition for the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes festival, winning the International Federation of Film Critics award. …