Visit cancelled after pressure from Palestinian group

LONDON — Gallic helmer Jean-Luc Godard has pulled out of a scheduled appearance at the 12th annual Tel Aviv Intl. Student Film Fest after coming under pressure from a Palestinian group calling for a cultural boycott of Israel.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel published an open letter May 25 criticizing the helmer’s decision to attend the festival, which unspools May 31- June 7.

“Participating in a festival in Tel Aviv now can only be seen in the wider context of Israel’s celebrations of 60 years since its establishment over the ruins of another country Palestine,” read the open letter.

Fest organizers revealed Monday that Godard had subsequently written to inform them of his decision to cancel his trip, citing “circumstances beyond his control.”

A number of other filmmakers are still expected to attend the event, including Sarah Polley, John Sayles and Julio Medem.

Godard had been due to hold masterclasses with students in his capacity as an honorary guest.

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