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‘Holy Spider’ star Zar Amir Ibrahimi to head Gothenburg festival jury

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Zar Amir Ibrahimi, who won best actress at Cannes for her performance in Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider,” is set to head the Nordic competition jury at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Ebrahimi is a famous Iranian actor, director, producer and casting director. Her credits include “Bride Price vs. Democracy,” “Tehran Taboo” and Noura Niasari’s film “Shayda,” which will compete at Sundance. He currently stars in “White Paradise,” a contemporary western directed by Guillaume Renusson that has been released in France.

Ibrahimi will be joined on the jury by actress Sophie Grable, director Antonio Lukic and composer Matti Bye.

“I’m incredibly proud to lead a jury of these impressive artists so that we can not only enhance the great work at the festival, but also draw attention to the atrocities that happen around us every day,” said Ebrahimi.

The actor fled the Iranian dictatorship and risked imprisonment in 2018. Hundreds of filmmakers and other artists are currently threatened by the government, arrested or imprisoned for protesting against the oppressive Iranian regime.

The Gothenburg Film Festival will screen several films in solidarity with these dissident voices. For example, the festival will feature “No Bears” by Zafar Panahi, who was recently sentenced to six years in prison for questioning the arrest of co-filmmakers Mohammad Rasulf and Mostafa Al-Ahmad; as well as Mania Akbari’s film “How Dare You Have Such a Ravish Wish,” about the plight of women in Iran, based on film clips from the silent-film era leading up to the revolution in 1979; and “Minus,” which stars Taraneh Alidusti, who was recently detained in Tehran for days after criticizing the state’s use of the death penalty against protesters. An activist at heart, Alidusti took off her hijab and posted pictures of her with “women, life, freedom” signs on her Instagram account to support the movement and protesters.

in conjunction with its Swedish premiere minus At the festival, Tsar Emir Ebrahimi will lead a demonstration in support of Taraneh Alidusti and the people of Iran.

“Zar Amir Ibrahimi is an exceptional actress and a very brave person,” said Jonas Holmberg, artistic director of the Gothenburg Film Festival. “Given his artistic acumen, we are delighted to welcome him as Jury President. Together with him, we want to express our deep solidarity with the people of Iran and our Iranian filmmaker friends who are facing a very difficult and dangerous situation,” the artistic director continued.

Nine films will compete in the Nordic competition whose lineup will be unveiled on January 10.

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