Banned Iranian director Rasoulof coming to Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, whose movies are banned in his country and who has been sentenced to jail by the Islamic regime, is coming to Cannes for a screening of his latest film.

"Manuscripts Don't Burn" tells the story of an Iranian author secretly writing his memoirs — and the authorities' attempts to destroy the manuscript.

Publicists for the movie said Rasoulof would attend Friday's official screening. The film is competing in Cannes' sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard.

In 2010, Rasoulof and fellow director Jafar Panahi were arrested in Iran for filming without a permit, sentenced to prison and banned from filmmaking. Rasoulof is currently on bail.

His film "Goodbye" won a prize at Cannes in 2011, but the director wasn't allowed to travel to France to accept it.

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