I love Iran but am filming abroad: Oscar winner

Next movie being made in France, said to centre on a love story between a young Iranian woman and a North African man.

Afp March 10, 2012

TEHRAN: Asghar Farhadi, the director who won Iran's first-ever Oscar for his movie "A Separation", declared on Saturday he would never leave his homeland despite his newfound global fame - but his next film was being made abroad.

"I love my country and I will not change it for anywhere in the world," the 40-year-old filmmaker was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency as he arrived in Tehran.

"I will never emigrate from Iran," he said.

Farhadi added, however: "I am at the point of filming a movie outside of the country."

The director picked up the golden statuette for best foreign language film at the US Academy Awards last month for his taut drama, "A Separation" - the first time the Islamic republic ever won an Oscar.

Farhadi's triumph resonated even more strongly because he made the movie under the restrictions imposed by Iranian authorities, who briefly placed a ban on "A Separation" as it was being filmed.

His next movie is being made in France, according to the trade publication Screen Daily. It is said to centre on a love story between a young Iranian woman and a North African man, and will begin filming within weeks.


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hina | 9 years ago | Reply

Yes if one can never leave your homeland. The grass really is NOT greener on the other side. Most of the time it is very isolating and you actually regress.

Sonya | 9 years ago | Reply

Good for you mr farhadi and congratulations on your achievements.

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