As Energy Costs Soar, Iranian Cinemas Threaten Closure

It seems that another casualty of Iran’s soaring energy costs might be its cinemas. “After the implementation of the (subsidy) plan, the price of electricity, water and gas increased by 10 to 15 times, while the income of the cinemas did not increase,” Habib Kavoush, a spokesman for the Cinema Guild told Sharq, a reformist[…]

Cannes honoring Jailed Iranian directors

Jailed Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof are being honored at the Cannes Film Festival, taking place this week. Both filmmakers were arrested in December for “working against the Iranian system.” Iran’s Minister of Culture, Mohammad Hosseini, accused the Cannes film festival of “being political” by screening films of pro-opposition Iranians. software design[…]