Berlin replies to Iran's complaint about Jafar Panahi award
'Closed Curtain' scooped fest's script nod
By NICK VIVARELLI
Wed., Feb. 20, 2013
The Berlin Film Festival Wednesday replied to official protests from Iran regarding the screenplay prize given to dissident helmer Jafar Panahi for "Closed Curtain," shot while he was under house arrest and banned from filmmaking.
"We would very much regret if the screening will have any legal consequences for the filmmakers," the fest said in a statement.
"Closed Curtain," a reflection on being an active artist under physical and creative constraints in Iran, scooped Berlin's script nod, which was accepted by co-director Kamboziya Partovi at the fest's closing ceremony on Saturday.
Partovi still lives in Iran and the fest's comments refer to concerns that he and other filmmakers might suffer a fate similar to Panahi's.
Iranian news agency ISNA announced Monday that Javad Shamaqdari, head of the country's national film body, had sent the complaint to Berlin.