Iranian director Majid Majidi has pulled his film “The Willow Tree” from Denmark’s NatFilm Festival in protest at the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Fest organizers said they regretted Majidi’s decision. They have replaced it with another Iranian pic, Fariborz Kamkari’s “The Forbidden Chapter.”
The 17th Natfilm fest started Friday and runs until April 2 in Copenhagen and other cities across Denmark.
Controversy flared up this year when 12 cartoons, originally published in Denmark in September, were re-printed by a number of European publications.