Iranian movie master Farhadi and Jeff Bridges make late Cannes entries

 23 Apr 2016 - 0:00

Iranian movie master Farhadi and Jeff Bridges make late Cannes entries
Asghar Farhadi, director of Iranian film ''A Separation'' accepts the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/GARY HERSHORN


Paris: Oscar-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi has been added to the line-up for next month's Cannes film festival, the organisers said Friday.

The creator of such modern classics as "About Elly" and "The Past" - which won Berenice Bejo best actress at Cannes in 2013 - is a late entry to the main competition for the Palme d'Or, which he has yet to win.

Farhadi, 43, won both the best foreign language film Oscar and Golden Globe in 2013 for "A Separation". His new film, "The Salesman", has two his two regular stars.

Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti play a couple who are actors whose relationship turns sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman".

Veteran pop star Iggy Pop will also walk the red carpet at Cannes, the most important festival in the movie calendar, for the premiere of Jim Jarmusch's documentary about him, "Gimme Danger".

Another documentary, about the hunt for the remnants of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Congo, by American novelist Jonathan Littlell will also get a special screening, the organisers said.

In a year which is not short on stardust, Hollywood stalwart Jeff Bridges will grace the festival again in British director David Mackenzie's modern western about struggling Texan farming folk, "Hell or High Water", in a late addition to the Un Certain Regard section line-up.

The festival runs in the French Riveria resort from May 11 to 22.