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"Nader and Simin" director to shoot his next film in Paris

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi plans to make his next film in Paris in spring 2012. Set against the backdrop of modern day Paris, the film will be love story between an Iranian girl and a boy of North African origins. It will be produced by Memento Films, Screen Daily reported on Saturday.

Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi 

"It's difficult to sum up the story in one line but... the story will be complex and involve lots of twists and turns," he explained.

"It will be shot mainly in English, broken English, and about 20 percent in French," Mallet-Guy added.

French actor of Algerian origin Tahar Rahim will play one of the leading roles in the film that is untitled as yet, Memento Films co-director Alexandre Mallet-Guy said.

Memento Films has purchased the rights for international sales and French release of Farhadi's Farhadi's latest film "Nader and Simin, a Separation", which won a Berlin Golden Bear this year. It has currently turned into a box office hit with about 400,000 spectators during its first three weeks of release in Paris.


Farhadi and his family have recently left their homeland to live in Berlin for six months as guests of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, an internationally renowned scholarship course that is being held by the German Academic Exchange Service.

Female lead for Farhadi's next film?

The female lead has not been yet announced. But, it seems that Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, one of the leading characters of Farhadi's previous film "About Elly", will be hired for the role.

In this case, Farhadi's next film will probably miss an Iranian premiere due the Iranian ban on films starring Farahani.

She has faced a ban after appearing in films depicting her in what Iranian officials claimed "improper scenes."

This year, she starred in French film "If You Die, I Will Kill You!" by Kurdish-Iraqi director Hiner Saleem.

Farahani left Iran in 2008 following her appearance in Ridley Scott's spy thriller "Body of Lies".

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