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Filmmaker Bahman Farmanara to try his luck abroad

TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian director Bahman Farmanara plans to pursue his career abroad. However, it is not clear that the outcomes will receive Iranian cultural officials' approval.

Bahman Farmanara

"I Hate Abbas Kiarostami" is planned as his first project, which he intends to make in one of the countries of Italy, Czech or Bulgaria.

"We are currently negotiating with production studios in Italy, Czech, and Bulgaria," Farmanara said on Saturday during his workshop at the Karnameh Art and Culture Institute in Tehran.

The film is about a critic who hates the world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami, with the title chosen from dialogue in its screenplay.

"The film will be shot entirely within a studio in 12 days, so we need a very large set," Farmanara said.

Ten years ago, Seifollah Daad, the deputy culture minister for cinematic affairs at that time, refused to grant a production license for the screenplay.

Farmanara's next project is "Journey to Darkness", a family drama, which will be shot in Berlin.

Hedyeh Tehrani and Reza Kianian are the main members of the cast and others will be selected from German actors, he said.

"Due to the current situation in Iran, I would never apply for a production license for any film," he stated.

Over the past four decades, Farmanara's films have repeatedly been banned or faced censorship.

His "Prince Ehtejab", about one of the last remaining heirs of the Qajar royal family, and "Tall Shadows of the Wind", about a scarecrow and people of a village, were banned in Iran before the victory of Islamic Revolution.

The Culture Ministry cut his "A House Built on Water" (2002) and "Earthbound" (2008) to grant screening license.

While "Earthbound" premiered in Iran in late July, Farmanara described it as "a portrait that has been blinded."

Iranian cultural officials have also refused to grant a performing license for the plays "A Man for All Seasons" and "Darkness at Noon" over the past year.

"My plans for making films abroad doesn't mean that I want to break off relations with the country," Farmanara said. "I couldn't live anywhere else except in my country."

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