Jafar Panahi was released on a $200,000 bail from Iranian authorities yesterday. Steven Spielberg, Juliette Binoche, and others petitioned for his release.
Panahi, who was invited to sit on the Cannes Palme d’Or jury this year, was a subject of frequent mention at the festival. As reported by The Telegraph, Best Actress prize winner Juliette Binoche carried a sign with his name on it during her acceptance speech, while a petition for his release attracted signatures from the likes of Stephen Spielberg, Oliver Stone and Martin Scorcese, to name but a notable few. Panahi’s seat on the jury was left empty in protest of his detainment.
It is easy to read between the lines here. Personally, I am moved that Cannes and Juliette Binoche would offer so much support for Panahi. It makes me want to move to France. Who knows? I just might.
CANNES, France (AFP) – France's Juliette Binoche won the Cannesbest actress prize for her role as an unhappy art dealer in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's film "Certified Copy".