Sadly, a celebration of Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” – which won numerous awards across the world, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film – was denied a celebration in its native Iran by its government on Monday.
Farhadi discussed making the film, which looks at disharmony in marriage, gender and citizenship, at the Golden Globes’ Foreign Language Nominees panel (pictured, with Angelina Jolie). There, the writer-director-producer stated that he and his fellow Iranian filmmakers do not like to have all their issues brought up or to receive sympathy: “When you see my movie, assume that I made it under the best possible circumstances. That doesn’t mean that I condone the difficult situations in Iran, but I don’t want to be a beggar on the street who exposes his wounds just to get sympathy for it. Nobody forced me to become a filmmaker under those circumstances, I chose to do so, knowing those circumstances. We Iranian filmmakers don’t like to be treated like ‘wow, they created…’ Just watch our movies.”
The good news is that Farhadi has picked his next project. He will shoot a French-language film in Paris in the fall, with casting and further details expected to drop at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Memento Films producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy says the film will not be a previously announced love story between an Iranian and a North-African, also set in Paris.