The Film Receiving the Longest Applause at Cannes 2024, Directed by a Fugitive

This film received the longest applause at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

According to Deadline, the film Seed of the Sacred Fig has become the center of attention at Cannes, receiving nearly 15 minutes of applause from the audience after its premiere—the longest of the festival so far. This special reception is largely due to the presence of director Mohammad Rasoulof, who is currently wanted by the Iranian government and has been sentenced to 8 years in prison because of his films.

Mohammad Rasoulof

Seed of the Sacred Fig tells the story of a family living in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The main character, Iman (played by Missagh Zareh), is a lawyer appointed as a judge in a political trial and is required to issue a death sentence despite insufficient evidence for conviction. Meanwhile, his wife and two daughters grow increasingly distant as they participate in protests advocating for women’s rights in the country.

Seed of the Sacred Fig
Seed of the Sacred Fig

Variety considers Seed of the Sacred Fig a leading contender for this year’s Palme d’Or. Jury President Greta Gerwig is likely to favor a film about women’s rights, a topic deeply explored in Mohammad Rasoulof’s latest work. The film is currently receiving widespread acclaim from international critics. Guardian writer Peter Bradshaw commented: “This may not be a perfect film, but the courage of the filmmaker and his team is undeniable.”

Mohammad Rasoulof is one of the prominent directors of Iranian cinema. He has had many works participating in international festivals and winning major awards. However, Mohammad’s projects are often controversial as they draw inspiration from the political and social situation in his home country. He is also a familiar name at the Cannes Film Festival, having won the Best Director award in the Un Certain Regard category with Goodbye (2011). In 2017, his film A Man of Integrity won the top award in the same category at the festival.

Source: k14

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