Art and Experience: Cinema Organization of Iran (COI) Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi and Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure have met on the sidelines of the prestigious international event.

“The great success of Iranian cinema over the past few years has regained the trust of the people,” Ayyubi said at the meeting with Lescure, the COI announced in a press release on Saturday.

“The people’s matchless warm reception for Iranian films livened up the cinema of the country,” he added.

He called the emergence of young, promising Iranian filmmakers the most significant current event in Iranian cinema and added, “The humanistic view of young Iranian filmmakers and their talent and genius have earned many achievements for Iranian cinema in the international arena.”

He stressed Iran’s readiness to expand ties with Cannes and invited Lescure to visit the country.

The invitation was warmly received by Lescure who praised Iran for its ancient rich civilization and culture.

He called the invitation “a great opportunity to become familiar with the unique cinema of the region and an unparalleled strong culture and civilization in the Middle East.”

Ayyubi spent last week in France attending the Cannes Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday.

Photo: Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure (R) holds a Persian calligraphy work that he received from COI Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi (L) during a meeting in Cannes, France.