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July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Alireza Sajjadpour

The Iranian government is “currently investigating a plan to boycott this year’s Venice Film Festival,” the Tehran Times reported on Monday. The newspaper indicated tht such a boycott would be in retaliation for “the strong sanctions imposed by the European Union on Iran.” In a statement, Alireza Sajjadpur, an official of the Culture Ministery, noted that the only Iranian film due to be screened at the festival — Kianush Ayyari’s The Paternal House, which is scheduled to premiere in the Horizon section of the vent, has not received a license to be shown and that he has demanded that Ayyari make a few cuts. The nature of the cuts was not disclosed. “The modifications have not been made yet. Consequently the film is not allowed to premiere in Iran and abroad,” he said. No Iranian film has been selected for competition for the top prize, the Golden Lion.