Iran does not salute its Oscar-bringer
The Iranian authorities have cancelled the honour ceremony of Director Asghar Farhadi for his Oscar award for “A Separation”, ITAR-TASS reports.
The ceremony was planned to be held in Tehran. It was organized by the Supreme Council of Iranian Cinematographers and the Center of Iranian Directors.
“A Separation” was considered the Best Foreign Language Film, bringing Iran its first Oscar. Iran was competing with Israel for the award. Farhadi said in Los Angeles that he had no plans to migrate, despite the situation, although he plans to make new films abroad.
“A Separation” won the 69th Golden Globe Awards, the Golden Bear of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. The film tells a story about a couple called Nader and Simin. Simin left Iran but her father cannot leave his ill father. The disagreement causes them to divorce.
Asghar Farhadi urged the Iranian government to release artists jailed for public disorders. This may be the reason the honour ceremony was cancelled.