At the end of July 2009, Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, called for the release of Iranian director JafarPanahi, Arrested with her family during a ceremony attended by at least one young demonstrator killed during the protests that followed the presidential election of 12 June 2009. He was released shortly thereafter. The Minister condemns the new arrest of Jafar Panahi by the Tehran authorities on 1 March and again calls for his release. He expresses his solidarity with this great figure of cinema and saffron.

Jafar Panahi is one of the filmmakers of the most recent Iranian wave
known abroad and especially in France. He received the Lion
gold at the Venice Mostra in 2000 for The Circle, and the Silver Bear at the
Berlinale in 2006 for Hors-jeu (Offside). He was twice awarded the
Cannes Film Festival (The White Balloon, 1995 Gold Camera Award, and
Sang et Or, Jury Award-Un certain regard in 2003).