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Iran wants "talented actress" Golshifteh Farahani to return home

Source: Press TV

Iranian cultural official backs return of actress Golshifteh Farahani from the US, saying she corrected her mistake during the Berlinale.

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Javad Shamqadri, an art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says Farahani's appearance at the Berlinale Film Festival suggests she regrets her actions and has corrected her mistake.

Shamqadri made these comments after rumors that Iran had banned the young actress from returning to the country over her appearance in a Hollywood production.

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The baseless allegations suggest the decision was prompted by her starring in Ridley Scott's latest movie Body of Lies. The film links Hollywood and politics, a thriller showing a CIA director controlling events in the Middle East from his cell phone in Washington.

"It is irrational to prevent the screening of a film... just because an actress, who has played a Hollywood role and taken part in a red carpet ceremony, has played a part in it," the president's art advisor, who is also a filmmaker, said.

"Farahani is a talented actress who shined in the late Rasul Mollaqolipur's M for Mother. She slipped up in Hollywood and corrected herself in Berlin," he added.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked Culture Minister Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi to take the necessary steps to lift the ban on her latest film About Elly.

Ahmadinejad's move followed a critical letter sent by his advisor about the film's removal from the list of pictures taking part in the annual Fajr competition.

About Elly captured the 59th International Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for Asghar Farhadi for his remarkable direction. The two-hour drama revolves around a short holiday which becomes disastrous in Iran's Caspian Sea coast.

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