The 2017 Cannes Film Festival to Feature a Multitude of Iranian Filmmakers

By Iman Sadri

May 8, 2017

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival will feature a half dozen filmmakers of Iranian heritage. The international festival held in the South of France from May 18-28 features films from all over the globe. Debutante and seasoned filmmakers alike come to revel in the festivities and to find distributors for their projects.

At least six Iranians in cinema will see their films either showcased or nominated for awards. Legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ‘s upcoming drama 24 Frames will be featured in the 70th Anniversary Events Section.

Afsaneh Dehrouyeh’s film Capture is a nominee. We were fortunate to do a Q+A with Ms. Dehrouyeh, who starred on FX’s Tyrant.

Afsaneh Dehrouyeh stars in the sci-fi short Capture, which is nominated at Cannes (Image Credit New Page Films)

Also nominated is Anahita Ghazvinizadeh for her film They. Other nominees include Ali Soozanzadeh, Mo Rasoulof and Alireza Ghasemi for their films.

Golshifteh Farahani at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Premiere of Paterson (Image Credit Getty)

Last year Golshifteh Farahani dazzled on and off screen and recieved rave reviews for her film Paterson.

The 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2017 will see even more prolific Persians flock to the Cota d’ Azure. 

Iman Sadri blogs is the founder of @HollywoodSmileTV