The Cannes film festival has cancelled the screening of a new film, titled “The Anti-Semite,” by controversial French comedian Dieudonne, himself a notorious anti-Semite.
The film, which was produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center and also known as “Yahod Setiz,” was not scheduled to be shown at the Cannes festival proper but as part of its Marché du Film, or film market, where works are screened and sold for international distribution.
“The Anti-Semite” stars Dieudonné as a violent and alcoholic character who dresses as a Nazi officer at a party, and also features Robert Faurisson, a prominent Holocaust denier, as well as imagery that mocks the Auschwitz concentration camp, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.
The Cannes Film Market, the festival’s business counterpart, called for the film to be dropped from the program when it heard about it at the beginning of the week.
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