Juliette Binoche in tears at Cannes

French actress Juliette Binoche dissolved into tears at Cannes Film Festival on Monday during the presentation of Certified Copy by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

She started crying when the director mentioned Jafar Panahi, who was supposed to be a member of the jury at the festival this year but who is imprisoned in Iran for having prepared a film about the contested election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year. He is currently on a hunger strike.




God bless all Iranian,

God bless all Iranian, special iranian that live in the country.

"My final wish is that my remains be returned to my family"

In the statement—sent to Pouya, an Iranian cultural center in Paris, and posted to the web by Iran's Freedom of Expression (Azadi e Bayan)
Panahi writes:

On Saturday May 15, 2010, prison guards suddenly entered our cell, n° 56. They took us away, my cell mates and I, made us strip and kept us in the cold for an hour and a half.

Sunday morning, they brought me to the interrogation room and accused me of having filmed the interior of my cell, which is completely untrue. Then they threatened to imprison my entire family at Evin and to mistreat my daughter in an unsafe prison in the city of Rejayi Shahr.

I have eaten and drunk nothing since Sunday morning, and I declare that if my wishes are not respected, I will continue to abstain from drinking and eating. I do not want to be a rat in a laboratory, victim of their sick games, threatened and psychologically tortured.

He signs off with: "My final wish is that my remains be returned to my family, so that they may bury me in the place they choose," which battles for Most Affecting Line with: "I swear upon what I believe in, the cinema".

Whole Statement: http://laregledujeu.org/2010/05/18/1564/the-message-from-jafar-panahi/

Persian Version: http://www.iran-free.org/1389/02/28/jp/