If a boy­cott falls in the for­est...

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The threat­ened boy­cott of the Venice Film Fes­ti­val by the Ira­nian cul­tural min­istry will, most likely, have a rel­a­tively slight im­pact. Alireza Sa­j­jad­pur of that or­gan­i­sa­tion, which ob­jects to EU sanc­tions on the coun­try, has stated that com­mis­sars were cur­rently “as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion”.

“Con­sid­er­ing that the EU has im­posed the strong­est in­hu­mane and il­le­gal sanc­tions against Iran,” he added, “we are nat­u­rally think­ing of boy­cotting the Venice film fes­ti­val.”

Ira­nian cinema has been ex­tremely strong over the last few decades, but, as it hap­pens, no films from that coun­try are cur­rently sched­uled to com­pete for the Golden Lion at Venice. (Warp) Killer thriller from the Hudson Mo­hawke and Lu­nice hook-up. (Dif­fer­ent) Pas­cal Ar­bez re­turns from

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