The Berlin Film Festival has asked Iran to allow directors Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha to leave the country to attend the world premiere of their new film. My favorite cakewhich was selected to be screened in competition at the 74th Berlinale.
In a statement released Thursday, the festival said it had learned that Moghaddam and Sanaeeha had been banned from traveling, had their passports confiscated by Iranian authorities and were facing trial related to their work as artists and broadcasters. filmmakers.
“The Berlinale is a festival fundamentally committed to free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the arts for all people around the world and the festival is shocked and dismayed to learn that Moghaddam and Sanaeeha could be prevented from going to the festival to attend. present their film and meet their audience in Berlin,” Berlinale directors Carlo Chatrian and Mariëtte Rissenbeek said in a statement. “We call on the Iranian authorities to return the passports and end all restrictions preventing Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha to freely travel to Berlin in February, along with other international directors and filmmakers from around the world, so that they can present their new film. My favorite cake as part of the Berlinale 2024 competition.”
Moghaddam and Sanaeeha have a history with the Berlinale. Their latest film, Ballad of a white cowscreened in competition in Berlin in 2021. My favorite cake was supported by the Berlinale World Cinema Fund and was developed in part during the 2020 Berlinale Co-Production Market, where it won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award.
Iranian cinema, particularly dissident cinema, has long occupied a special place…