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Despite New French-Lingo Project, Asgar Farhadi: “I Will Never Emigrate from Iran”

Despite New French-Lingo Project, Asgar Farhadi: "I Will Never Emigrate from Iran"

After winning the best foreign language film Oscar for “A Separation” and causing further political-cultural tremors inside his country, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi will be reportedly going to France for his next film, and not the one originally planned, according to Variety. The trade reports that Farhadi will work with Gallic producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy (“Taxidermia,” “Cold Souls”), and that specific casting and story details will be announced nearer to the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Mallet-Guy told Variety that the project will not be Farhadi’s previously announced Paris-set love story between an Iranian girl and a North-African boy.

Rumors have also circulated that Farhadi might leave Iran semi-permanently, but Farhadi told Iran’s official news agency, “I love my country and I will not change it for anywhere in the world,” he said. “I will never emigrate from Iran,” he said.

Meanwhile, the politics surrounding “A Separation” in Iran continue to be thorny. Plans to celebrate Farhadi and “A Separation” in Tehran were suddenly cancelled Monday by government officials.

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It's best for him to leave Iran permanently even though Mr. Farhadi loves his country, for Iran's current regime is against what Mr. Farhadi adores. Film-making. I wonder what's his opinion on Panahi's case.

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