In Iran, filmmaker Saeed Rustai and producer Javad Norouzbegi were sentenced to six months in prison for showing their film Leila’s Brothers at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
In Cannes, the film “Leyla’s Brothers” received the award of the International Association of Film Critics.
The tape tells about a family struggling with economic difficulties in Tehran. It is banned in Iran.
The creators were found guilty of “facilitating opposition propaganda against the Islamic system.”
Their film allegedly “violated the rules by entering international film festivals without permission,” and the director refused to “correct” it at the request of Iran’s Ministry of Culture.
Rustai and Noruzbegi will serve approximately nine days each.
After that, they will be on parole for five years, during which they will have to attend courses for filmmakers who “foster national and ethical interests” and will not be allowed to collaborate with other filmmakers.
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