Jafar Panahi: Cannes, French Authorities To Appeal Iran For Filmmaker’s Fest Presence

In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said…

In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said…

‘The Student’ Clip: A Young Man’s Religious Fervor Disrupts the Status Quo of a Public School — Watch

A frightening cautionary tale of a young man with untapped power.

For years, the debate around religious influences in schools has undergone agonizing dissection. Usually, the conflict revolves around the issue of schools having religion as part of their lesson plans. “The Student,” an official selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, questions what happens when the devout passions of a young male student begin to unravel a public school in some very unexpected ways.

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This classroom drama weaves tonally dark imagery and adolescent aggression into a striking feature. After Venya, the protagonist of the film, refuses to participate in a co-ed swimming class, claiming that it is “against his religion,” the (devout) principal of the school approves Venya’s exemption, onsetting his manipulation of power. When he encounters a teacher who contests his dogma, Venya plots to “eliminate” her.

“The Student” was written and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov (“Betrayal,” “Yuri’s Day”), and is based off of a play by the German playwright Marius von Mayenburg.

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“The Student” will kick off its theatrical release at the Four Star Theater in San Fransisco on April 21. It will then release in Chicago in the Facets Cinematheque on April 28, and in Miami at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on June 2, with a nation wide release anticipated to soon follow.

Watch our exclusive clip of “The Student” below.

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