Art and Experience: World-renowned Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi, who has been invited to attend the Iranian international festival for documentary films Cinema Verite, will probably cancel his trip to Iran, Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) Director Mohammad–Mehdi Tabatabainejad said on Thursday.

“Rosi’s documentary ‘Fuocoammare’ is Italy’s contender for the best foreign-language film at the 2017 Oscars and Rosi is busy screening his doc in several other cities,” Tabatabainejad, who is also the secretary of the festival, told the Persian service of MNA.

“In his message submitted to the secretariat of the festival, Rosi has declared that if he can convince his film distributor, he will attend the festival, however his distributor has also announced that Rosi will probably not adjust his time to travel to Iran due to numerous other trips to screen his doc,” he explained.

Rosi is the only documentary filmmaker who has won top prizes at major European film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, and Venice.

The festival will be held in Tehran from December 4 to 11.