“If I was trafficking cocaine, I would have been less bothered by the Islamic Republic”

The Iranian filmmaker, who fled his country to avoid prison, received the special jury prize for The seeds of the wild fig tree, the portrait of a family tearing itself apart around the “Woman, Life, Liberty” movement.

Wild fig tree seeds was the last film in the competition screened in Cannes on Friday May 24. For a long time, it was not certain that Mohammad Rasoulof, who fled Iran on May 12 to escape prison, would be able to come and present it on the Croisette. He finally arrived at the end of the week from Germany. And received the special jury prize on Saturday evening, a distinction tailor-made for this man who has always denounced the abuses of the Islamist regime. In a speech of restrained emotion, he thanked the members of his team who are stuck in Iran. “My people live every day under a regime that has taken them hostage”continued the director, wishing “salute all these young women whose boundless courage made this film possible”thus alluding to the Iranian women who demonstrated by removing their veils.

The filmmaker, who received the Un Certain Regard prize in 2017 for A man of integrity, In this new film, tells the story of a family that is torn apart and…

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