The figure of Mohammad Mossadegh, the prime minister of Iran who was overthrown by the CIA and MI6 in 1953, continues to haunt Iran, as in this painting by Farideh Lashai. Photograph: Nazanin Paykar-Ara

A tall, ravishing brunette with a superior air, drenched in Chanel 5, greets visitors to a gallery opening in north Tehran. Women flaunt their long(...)

The Past

Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa, excellent) returns to France from Iran, ostensibly to finalise his divorce from Marie (Bérénice Bejo), whom he has not seen(...)

Director Abdellatif Kechiche (centre), and actors Lea Seydoux (left) and Adele Exarchopoulos on stage at the Cannes Film Festival after he received the Palme d’Or award for the film ‘La Vie D’Adele’. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

The Cannes Film Festival came to a close last night with the presentation of the Palme d’Or, awarded for best fil(...)

The streets of Cannes were, yesterday afternoon, buzzing with a proper grown-up news story when it emerged that $1 million worth of jewels had been robbed from a room in the Novotel Hotel. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The streets of Cannes were, yesterday afternoon, buzzing with a proper grown-up news story when it emerged that $1 million worth of jewels had (...)

Director Asghar Farhadi (R) and cast member Berenice Bejo pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film ‘Le Passe’ (The Past) in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Photograph:
Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

The Past **** Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Starring Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis (...)

Workers sets up a giant 66th Cannes Film Festival official poster at the front of the Palais des Festivals, showing Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing on the set of  A New Kind of Love  in 1963. The Cannes Film Festival starts today. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Cast a quick glance about Cannes tonight and you could be forgiven for deducing that Hollywood bosses the world’s greatest film festival. For t(...)