TEHRAN – Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by greeting the president of the Cannes film festival with a kiss on the cheek, an act that outraged conservatives back home.
“Iranian womanhood is the symbol of chastity and innocence,” Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi said, quoted by state broadcaster IRIB. “Those who attend international events should respect the credibility and chastity of Iranians, so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world.”
Hatami gained worldwide fame for her role in Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” which won the 2012 Academy Award for best foreign language film.
She lives in Iran and is on the jury this year at the annual Cannes festival in southern France.