Source: Tehran Times
"Nahid" director Ida Panahandeh has denied the existence of any connection between the leading character in her movies with that in Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning drama "A Separation".
"Sareh Bayat is a brilliant actress, who is mostly known for her role in the Oscar-winning movie 'A Separation', but I had no intention of creating a connection between her role in that film and the one in 'Nahid'," Panahandeh said in press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
"She is a very sentimental actress who is able to convey various feelings without using a single word," she added.
In "Nahid", Sareh Bayat gives a portrayal of Nahid, an Iranian woman who has failed in her first marriage and is unable to express her love for the second time due to social conditions, while she is trying to gain custody of her son after the divorce. Bayat also played the role of Razaieh in "A Separation".
Nahid is competing with 18 other movies in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes festival
"Life itself is always a source of inspiration for me. Of course, there is something else when life is meaningless and that is literature," Panahandeh said.
She called Iran "the only country in the Middle East," whose cinema is familiar to the world.
"Filmmakers such Abbas Kiarostami, Farhadi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and many other Iranian cineastes have played a key role in the promotion of our culture in the world," she added.
"Nahid" is a production of Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC).
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