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'A Separation' Director Farhadi Announces Next Pic Set in Paris After Denial of Celebration in Native Iran

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 13, 2012 at 5:11PM

Sadly, a celebration of Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" - which won numerous awards across the world, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film - was denied a celebration in its native Iran by its government on Monday...
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Angelina Jolie meets Asghar Farhadi after the Golden Globes panel.
Photo: Sophia Savage Angelina Jolie meets Asghar Farhadi after the Golden Globes panel.

Sadly, a celebration of Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" - which won numerous awards across the world, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film - was denied a celebration in its native Iran by its government on Monday.

Farhadi discussed making the film, which looks at disharmony in marriage, gender and citizenship, at the Golden Globes' Foreign Language Nominees panel (pictured, with Angelina Jolie). There, the writer-director-producer stated that he and his fellow Iranian filmmakers do not like to have all their issues brought up or to receive sympathy: "When you see my movie, assume that I made it under the best possible circumstances. That doesn't mean that I condone the difficult situations in Iran, but I don't want to be a beggar on the street who exposes his wounds just to get sympathy for it. Nobody forced me to become a filmmaker under those circumstances, I chose to do so, knowing those circumstances. We Iranian filmmakers don't like to be treated like 'wow, they created…' Just watch our movies."

The good news is that Farhadi has picked his next project. He will shoot a French-language film in Paris in the fall, with casting and further details expected to drop at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Memento Films producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy says the film will not be a previously announced love story between an Iranian and a North-African, also set in Paris.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.