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News number: 8711091082

14:18 | 2009-01-28

Culture

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Culture Minister Orders Reconsidering of Non-Presence of Movie in Iranian Festival

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Minister of Culture And Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi has asked his Deputy For Cinematic Affairs to examine the case of an Iranian movie which has been denied entry to Fajr Film Festival to be held here Jan 31-Feb 10.



In a letter to Mohammad Reza Jafari Jelveh from Morocco, where he is attending the meeting of the information ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Harandi told his deputy to review the news about a claimed special order by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the presence of a film in the festival which has been denied entry to the cinematic event, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

He asked his deputy to take the necessary measures in the very limited space of time remained to the opening of the festival if he finds authentic the reasons put forward for the film's credibility.

President Ahmadinejad's Advisor for Artistic Affairs, Javad Shamaqdari, had, in an earlier letter to the president, complained of an order by Harandi to bar the entry of an Iranian movie, "About Elly", to the festival.

He had asked the president to tell the Culture Minister to take necessary measures to remove the ban, reasoning that the presence of a certain actress in the film, who has played a very short role in a Hollywood movie and then attended the red carpet ceremonies in a non-Islamic attire, should not be used as a reason to bar the film from the festival.

Shamaqdari said the erroneous conduct of a single person should not make other contributors in the making of the film suffer from a "collective punishment".

After he received the letter, the president asked Harandi to re-examine the case.

"About Elly", directed by Asghar Farhadi, tells the story of an Iranian who returns home after living in Germany for years.