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Iran's Hatami apologises for Cannes kiss

Iranian actress apologises for hurt feelings after kissing 83-year-old Cannes film festival president on the cheek.

Last updated: 23 May 2014 22:08
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Iranian actress Leila Hatami said festival president Giles Jacob, 83, was "like a grandfather" [EPA}

Iranian actress Leila Hatami has apologised for kissing the Cannes film festival's president on the cheek, an act which angered authorities in Iran, state news agency the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

"I am so sorry for hurting the feelings of some people," she wrote in a letter to Iran's cinema organisation, cited by IRNA.

Hatami underlined her respect for Islamic rules of behaviour in public, but festival president Gilles Jacob, 83, "had forgotten the aforementioned rules, which comes with old age".

"My pre-emptive action of hand shaking was fruitless," Hatami wrote, explaining the kiss.

"Although I am embarrassed to give these explanations, I had no choice but to go into details for those who could not understand the inevitable situation that I was stuck in," she said.

"In my eyes, he is certainly like an old grandfather who was also my host."

Calls for jail term

A photograph carried by Iranian media showed Hatami kissing Jacob at the opening of the festival earlier this month, prompting a reprimand.

"Those who attend intentional events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians, so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world," Hossein Noushabadi, the deputy culture minister, said.

"Iranian woman is the symbol of chastity and innocence," he said. Hatami's "inappropriate presence" at the festival was "not in line with our religious beliefs".

A group of female Iranian students is seeking legal action against Hatami, calling for her to be sentenced to a jail term and lashed, according to the Iranian website Tasnim News.

Born into a family with a background in cinema, 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 was on the jury this year at the annual Cannes festival in southern France but lives in Iran.

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