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The movie's co-director and main cameraman, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, said he and Panahi are aware of the risk inherent in making the movie and of sending it to the Cannes Film Festival, where it screened out of competition earlier this week.
"We have decided to take the risk of whatever we are doing, whatever the situation," Mirtahmasb told journalists through an interpreter at a festival news conference Friday. "We are not combatting the regime politically. ... We prefer being free than being heroes in prison."