Source: Tehran Times
Reza Mirkarimi's social drama "Today" was selected to be Iran's submission for the best foreign language film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The film is about a Tehran taxi driver, who becomes the impromptu protector of a desperate young pregnant woman after he rushes her to hospital.
Dreamlab Films, a French film studio, is the international distributor of the film, which was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival that was held from September 4 to 14.
Mirkaraimi's "So Close, So Far" and "A Cube of Sugar" were Iran's entries to the Oscars in 2005 and 2013.
However, "A Cube of Sugar" missed the event after Iran's former minister of culture and Islamic guidance decided to boycott the Academy Awards over an amateur anti-Muslim video, which was released on the Internet.
"I officially announce that we will avoid next year's Oscars as a serious response to the intolerable insult to the Prophet of Islam (S)," Hosseini said at the time and added, "Since the insulting film has been made by an American in the United States and no comment has been made about the film by the officials of the Academy Awards, we have decided to boycott the event."
Iranian director Majid Majidi's "Children of Heaven" received a nomination at the Academy Awards and director Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" won the 2012 Oscar for best foreign film for Iran.
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