One Visa Problem Costs a Festival Two Filmmakers

Old Blog Import

The internationally acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997 for”A Taste of Cherry,” was unable to get a United States visa in time to attend the premiere of his new film, Ten,” at the New York Film Festival last Saturday, prompting his friend and fellow director Aki Kaurismaki of Finland to boycott the festival in protest.


If the United States authorities do not want “an Iranian, they will hardly have any use for a Finn, either,” he wrote. “We do not even have the oil.””

NY Times