Source: Tehran Times
The Iranian director of "The Past", Asghar Farhadi, who has made the family drama outside of his homeland, has said that a change in his environment does not make him a different filmmaker. "The result would be the same if I made it in any other place," he told the Persian service of ISNA in Cannes on Tuesday. He is currently in the city to promote the French-language film during the Cannes Film Festival.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (see related video)
After some brief cuts, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance granted the film a permit to be screened in the country.
"The modifications are very minor," Farhadi said and added, "For me, screening of this film in Iran is more important than the screenings of my previous films, because I have made this film outside of the country and I do not want to lose my connection with Iranian filmgoers over this fact."
Farhadi denied some critics' claim that he made the film in a manner to obtain the approval of the Iranian cultural officials for screening of the film in Iran.
"I would have made the film in this manner even if I had not wanted it to be screened in Iran. This is the cinema I believe in," he noted.
The Iranian premiere of the film was scheduled to commence late this week, but it was postponed following Farhadi's request.
He said that the copy of film available in Iran sent to the Culture Ministry was for review only and fell short of quality standards.
"I understand the eagerness is there for seeing the film, but we must respect the filmgoers and show them a copy of it which is of sufficiently high quality," he added.
Starring Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa, the 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.
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.
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