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Football: FIFA chief urges Iran to admit women to stadiums

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter appealed to the Iranian authorities on Thursday to end the ban on women attending men's football matches in force since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Blatter, who was wrapping up a two-day visit to Tehran, said that Iran's top female official, Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, was among those he had raised the issue with but stressed he was not seeking to interfere in Iranian politics.

Iran taps Farhadi film 'Le Passe' for Oscars entry

Iran has submitted "Le Passe," the latest film from "Une Separation" director Asghar Farhadi, for Oscars consideration in a move opposed by conservatives, who say the film is too French. "Le Passe" (The Past) tells the story of an Iranian (played by Ali Mosaffa) who returns to France after four years away to sign divorce papers with his French wife Marie (Berenice Bejo). During the journey, he uncovers a great secret weighing on Marie, her daughters and her new boyfriend.

Iran reopens House of Cinema under new president

Iran on Thursday reopened its main film industry guild, the House of Cinema, accusing the hardliners who shut it down two years ago of mismanagement. The decision came a month after moderate President Hassan Rowhani took office with a promise of greater tolerance on social and cultural issues. The culture ministry ordered the House of Cinema, which counts 5,000 members of all movie professions, to be dissolved in January 2012.

Iran documentary maker killed in Syria

Esmail Heydari, an Iranian documentary maker, has been killed in Syria in an ambush by the jihadist Al-Nusra Front, Iranian news agency ISNA said Friday, without giving further details. On Wednesday, the Fars news agency said another Iranian film maker, Hadi Baghbani, was killed as he accompanied Syrian troops on an operation against rebels. It was not known for what media the two men worked. Iran is one of Syria's major allies. Last September, a journalist working for Iran's English-language Press TV was shot dead by a sniper in Damascus. sgh/al

Kristen Stewart's 'Camp X-Ray' casts leading man (Exclusive)

By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Peyman Moaadi, who starred in the Oscar-winning foreign film "A Separation," is set to star opposite Kristen Stewart in writer-director Peter Sattler's politically-charged indie drama "Camp X-Ray," TheWrap has learned.

Iran's Oscar winner scores Cannes hit with melodrama

Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi drew enthusiastic applause Friday for one of the most keenly awaited films at Cannes, with a Paris-set tale about love and its agonies. "The Past" picks up many of the wrenching family themes and the taut drama of the Tehran-based "A Separation", which saw Farhadi scoop the Academy Award for best foreign-language feature last year.

Iran's Oscar winner scores Cannes hit with melodrama

Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi drew enthusiastic applause Friday for one of the most keenly awaited films at Cannes, with a Paris-set tale about love and its agonies. "The Past" picks up many of the wrenching family themes and the taut drama of the Tehran-based "A Separation", which saw Farhadi scoop the Academy Award for best foreign-language feature last year.

Iran's Oscar winner scores Cannes hit with melodrama

Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi drew enthusiastic applause Friday for one of the most keenly awaited films at Cannes, with a Paris-set tale about love and its agonies. "The Past" picks up many of the wrenching family themes and the taut drama of the Tehran-based "A Separation", which saw Farhadi scoop the Academy Award for best foreign-language feature last year.

Iran's Oscar winner scores Cannes hit with melodrama

Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi drew enthusiastic applause Friday for one of the most keenly awaited films at Cannes, with a Paris-set tale about love and its agonies. "The Past" picks up many of the wrenching family themes and the taut drama of the Tehran-based "A Separation", which saw Farhadi scoop the Academy Award for best foreign-language feature last year.

Iran's Oscar winner scores Cannes hit with melodrama

Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi drew enthusiastic applause Friday for one of the most-keenly awaited films at Cannes, with a Paris-set tale about shifting relationships. "The Past" picks up many of the wrenching family themes and the taut drama of the Tehran-based "A Separation", which saw Farhadi scoop the Academy Award for best foreign-language feature last year.
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