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Director Oliver Stone reportedly in Iran for movie festival

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The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say American movie director Oliver Stone is in Tehran to attend an international film festival.

Monday’s report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency says Stone briefly visited the historical city of Isfahan the previous day.

According to the report, Stone will host a workshop for filmmakers during the Fajr Film Festival and hold a news conference Wednesday. French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Italian producer Giovanni Spagnoletti are also attending.

This is the Hollywood director’s first visit to Iran.

In 2007, Iran’s then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a proposal by Stone to make a film about him. Ahmadinejad said at the time that Stone is part the “Great Satan” cultural establishment, a reference to the United States.

In 2012, Stone’s son Sean Stone visited Iran and converted to Shiite Islam.

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