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U.N. Escalates BBC Complaint Over Iran’s Harassment of Persian Journalists

The United Nations has escalated the BBC’s complaint over Iran. In March, the British broadcaster filed an “urgent” U.N. complaint regarding the country’s harassment of female journalists in…

Cannes Best Actor Winner Shahab Hosseini to Star in Mitra Tabrizian’s ‘The Far Mountains’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Shahab Hosseini, a Cannes best actor winner in 2016 for his layered, complex performance in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “The Salesman,” is attached to star in “The Far Mountains,”…

Ignas Jonynas, Payal Kapadia, Francisco Vargas Projects Hit Locarno’s Match Me!

Anyone wanting signs that film production is alive and kicking in some parts of the world – and not only the most obvious – need go no further…

Unifrance Energizes Locarno

There’s a new giant in town, or at least at Locarno’s Match Me!, one of the festival’s biggest industry initiatives. For years, by a large head, France has…

‘Devotion’ Trailer With Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell; Sundance Institute Launches Latine Fellowship – Film News in Brief

Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell are taking off in the official trailer for “Devotion,” the new drama set to release this Thanksgiving. Based on the nonfiction book by…

Shia LaBeouf Resurfaces as a Saint in Abel Ferrara’s ‘Padre Pio,’ Launching From Venice Days – Full Lineup

Abel Ferrara’s “Padre Pio,” starring Shia LaBeouf as an Italian monk who gained rock-star status among the Catholic faithful, is among the titles set to launch from the…

Locarno Unveils First Look on German Cinema, a New Talent Showcase

Films from Maze Pictures, producer of Colin Firth-starrer “The Happy Prince,” and from Basis Berlin, behind Oscar-nominated doc feature “Of Father and Sons,” figure among the six pix…

Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet and Cate Blanchett Set to Bring New Movies to Venice (EXCLUSIVE)

As Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera continues to see films and tinker with his selection before announcing the Lido lineup next week, several high-profile titles have emerged…

Jafar Panahi Ordered to Serve Six-Year Sentence by Iranian Authorities

Jafar Panahi, the critically acclaimed filmmaker of “Taxi” and “Three Faces,” has been ordered by the Iranian judicial authorities to serve the six-year sentence he was given in…

Iranian Directors’ Arrests are Prompted by Global Politics, Including Nuclear Agreement Talks, Say Experts

The recent arrests and incarcerations of Iranian directors Mohammad Rasoulof, Mostafa Al-Ahmad and Jafar Panahi — all of whom have been locked up in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison…

Berlin Golden Bear Winner Mohammad Rasoulof Arrested in Iran for Social Media Protest Against Police Violence

Prominent Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof, winner of the 2020 Berlin Golden Bear for “There Is No Evil,” and fellow filmmaker Mostafa Al-Ahmad have been arrested in Iran for…