At the world premiere in Venice on September 1, the short movie The Accordion by Jafar Panahi has been very well received and acclaimed both by the audience and international press.
The short movie has been screeneed at the Sala Darsena at the presence of the film delegation and more than 1.300 viewers.
After a short introducion by Giorgio Gosetti, General Delegate of Venice Days, Mazdak Taebi - the Iranian filmmaker based in Toronto and close friend of Panahi - read the touching message written on pourpose and sent to him by Jafar Panahi, who eventually couldn't attend the screening since he is still banned to travel outside his country.
On that occasion ART for The World, Venice Days and Dorje Film launched a new petition in order to accrue signatures: we all strongly condemn the illegal action towards Jafar Panahi by the Islamic Government of Iran and demand to let him travel freely and join us for the next screenings of his movie.
(For more info on the petition, please contact Venice Days).
Here below a selection of the main articles and interviews published on international newspapers and magazines:
Armenia: Tert (Sept, 2)
Belgium: Le Libre (Sept, 2)
Canada: CBC (Sept, 2)
China: Macau Daily Times (Sept, 3)
France: Le Monde (Sept, 2), Les Echos (Sept, 1), Liberation (Sept, 1)
Germany: Die Welt (Sept, 3), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Sept, 3)
India: India Report (Sept, 2)
Indonesia: Jakarta Globe (Sept, 2)
Quatar: The Peninsula (Sept, 3)
Spain: El Pais (Sept, 2)
Switzerland: Tribune de Geneve (Sept, 1)
Turkey: Hurriyet (Sept, 2)
UK: The Guardian (Sept, 2), The Independent (Sept, 1)
United Arab Emirates: Khaleeji Times (Sept, 2)
USA: Variety (Sept,2)