Iran gives green light to Asghar Farhadi’s “Past”

Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has granted a screening license to “The Past”, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s first movie that was shot outside of his homeland.

The Iranian premiere of the film will commence next week in several theaters in Tehran, Iran Cinema Organization announced in a press release on Wednesday.

The Iranian film distribution company Filmiran announced in mid-March that it is seeking to premiere “The Past” in Iran.

The screening license was granted at Filmiran’s request.

Starring Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa, the French-language film is about an Iranian man, who has ongoing domestic problems with his French wife. He deserts her and his two children to go back to his homeland, Iran.

The film is currently contending for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It is among the top ten most anticipated movies at the film gala.

Farhadi’s previous film “A Separation” won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a French Cesar for best foreign film earlier in 2012 as well as Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2011.

By Tehran Times


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