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Director Oliver Stone in Iran for movie festival

April 23, 2018
This photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, shows American movie director Oliver Stone in a photo opportunity while attending the Fajr International Film Festival, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 23, 2018. Monday's report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency says Stone briefly visited the historical city of Isfahan the previous day. (Hamed Malekpour/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — American movie director Oliver Stone was Iran on Monday attending an international film festival.

Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers during the Fajr Film Festival and planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Italian producer Giovanni Spagnoletti are also attending the festival.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency said Stone briefly visited the historical city of Isfahan the previous day.

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.