The cannes film festival on Monday called for the “immediate release” of the Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoostiarrested on Saturday in her country for supporting the protests of the last three months against the islamic regime.
In a statement released on social networks, the festival stressed its “firm condemnation” and “all its support” for Alidoosti who, according to Iranian media, was arrested on charges of inciting riots in her country.
“In solidarity with the peaceful fight that she maintains for the freedom and rights of women, the Cannes Film Festival shows her all its support,” said the French contest.
The general delegate of the festival, Thierry Frémaux, later ratified this position and assured that the intention of the festival is for the actress to know that Cannes is with her and, through the prestigious French appointment, “the entire international community”, as explained in statements to public radio FranceInfo.
Frémaux emphasized that AlidoostiBeing able to remain silent, she did not stop committing herself to the demands in her country and that, since she “is so popular” there, she became “dangerous for the regime.”
“He is part of the people who stay in the country and who try to fight where they are. It is both formidable and worrying for her”, asserted the general delegate of the festival.
According to information published in Iran, Alidoosti He published content considered false and distorting by the Tehran authorities, in addition to having promoted riots and supported anti-Iranian movements.
Tarane Alidoosti (Tehran, 1984) has won several awards throughout her career and was the protagonist of the film “The Salesman” (“The Salesman” and “Forushandeh” in Persian), directed in 2016 by her compatriot Asghar Farhadi and which in 2017 won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Last July, the Cannes Festival already called for the release of three Iranian filmmakers detained in their country: Mostafa Aleahmad, Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi.