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Berlin Movie Competition Bans Corporations, Media Shops With Ties to Iran – The Hollywood Reporter

The Berlin Movie Competition and its accompanying European Movie Market won’t accredit any corporations or media shops with direct ties to the Russian or Iranian governments, the Berlinale confirmed in a press release Wednesday. 

Berlin launched a ban on Russian-backed corporations and shops final 12 months following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, following a coverage additionally applied by the Cannes and Venice festivals. Now Berlin has added Tehran to the listing, responding to the Iranian authorities’s brutal crackdown on the wave of protests which have rocked the nation for months. The demonstrations have been triggered by the demise, in September, of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested by the nation’s morality police for allegedly sporting her hijab incorrectly. 

Germany is dwelling to a big Iranian diaspora —together with such movie luminaries as Berlin Alexanderplatz director Burhan Qurbani and actress Jasmin Tabatabai (The Baader Meinhof Advanced) —and the nation has seen main demonstrations in help of the protestors. 

Berlin won’t ban movies from unbiased Russian and Iranian administrators from taking part within the competition. The animated function The Siren from French-based Iranian director Sepideh Farsi will open this 12 months’s Panorama part, the Berlinale’s principal sidebar. 

In a press release, the Berlinale stated it “staunchly condemns Russia’s ongoing warfare of aggression, which violates worldwide regulation, and expresses its solidarity with the folks in Ukraine and all those that are campaigning in opposition to this warfare.” In reference to Iran, the competition stated it “stands with the brave protesters in Iran as they defend themselves in opposition to a violent, undemocratic regime.” 

Berlin emphasised that it “won’t exclude filmmakers, artists, trade representatives or journalists due to their Russian or Iranian nationality. … Whereas we’re conscious that particular person scrutiny of accreditation purposes might not at all times lead to clear conclusions, we stay dedicated to this plan of action.”

The 73rd Berlin Movie Competition runs Feb. 16-26. The European Movie Market runs Feb. 16-22. 


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