Bowing to a request from the Iranian embassy, the Bangkok International Film Festival has decided to drop Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis from its schedule:
“We have had a request from the ambassador to reconsider the screening of ‘Persepolis,’ and since this could be a matter of international relations, we decided not to show the film,” Chattan Kunjara Na Ayutthaya of Tourism Authority of Thailand, said.
“It is a good movie in artistic terms, but we have to consider other issues that might arise here.”
“Persepolis” was originally slated to be the fest’s opening film on July 19. With the cancellation, the festival still has no opening film with only three weeks left.