Iranian Producer Joins Cannes Film Festival Jury

Iranian producer Katayoon Shahabi is among those that will join president George Miller on the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Shahabi is the owner of Sheherazad Media International (SMI), a private company active in worldwide distribution of Iranian cinema and co-productions with foreign companies. Her company introduced to the world films from acclaimed directors such as Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Asghar Farhadi, Mohammad Rasoulof, Mania Akbari, Saman Salour, etc.

She also produced ‘From Iran, A Separation’, a documentary following Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’ after it won the Oscar in 2012.

Farhadi’s latest film, ‘A Salesman’, was added to the competition lineup last week. The film is a loose adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play ‘Death of a Salesman’, starring Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti.

Other juries include American actress Kirsten Dunst, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, Italian actress, director and writer Valeria Golina, Canadian actor Donald Sutherland and French actress Vanessa Paradis.

The Cannes Film Festival is slated to run May 11-24.

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