Iranian Director Mani Haghighi Stopped From Leaving Iran for London Movie Competition – The Hollywood Reporter

The continuing clampdown on filmmakers in Iran is constant at a worrying tempo.

Mani Haghighi is the most recent to be impacted, the actor and director having been prevented from leaving Iran to attend the BFI London Movie Competition, the place his movie Subtraction was because of premiere on Oct. 15. The Hollywood Reporter understands that Haghighi, who first debuted the movie in Toronto, the place he was capable of attend, was stopped on the airport in Iran and had his passport confiscated. He has since returned to his dwelling in Tehran.

“We perceive that no purpose has been given to Mani Haghighi for the confiscation. The BFI London Movie Competition helps Haghighi and all filmmakers of their freedom to make their movies and current them all over the world,” stated a movie competition spokesperson.

The spokesperson added, “Earlier this week, in solidarity with imprisoned Iranian filmmakers and the courageous ladies of Iran who’re difficult for his or her freedom, BFI London Movie Competition filmmakers and delegates joined Competition Director, Tricia Tuttle, in a second of solidarity and reflection.”

In July, Iran’s judiciary ordered that Jafar Panahi, one among Iran’s most celebrated administrators, was to serve out a six-year jail sentence from a decade in the past that had by no means been enforced, an order than got here because the Iranian authorities regarded to silence criticism.

A vastly well-liked filmmaker and an everyday on the competition circuit, Haghighi has premiered a number of movies in Berlin, together with Modest Reception, Pig and A Dragon Arrives, and has collaborated teamed with Asghar Farhadi on two options. As an actor, he starred in Farhadi’s much-lauded breakout function About Elly and, most lately, the 2020 drama Amphibious from Borzou Niknejad.

The prevention of Haghighi from leaving Iran comes amid turmoil within the nation following the demise of Mahsa Amini whereas in police custody in Tehran on Sept. 16. Her alleged homicide by the hands of authorities sparked widespread protests with 1000’s — a lot of them teenage women and girls — taking to the streets to oppose the regime and to push for his or her primary rights, most prominently ladies’s rights, whereas a brutal authoritarian crackdown has, in accordance with human rights teams, led to the killing of a whole lot of individuals up to now.

Farhadi has been some of the outstanding voices from inside the nation, the two-time Oscar winner placing out a video and assertion final month by which he invited artists to declare solidarity with the individuals of Iran and praising the “progressive and brave” ladies main the protests.