Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi on Making Movies in Iran
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Iranian Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for his 2011 film, A Separation. His new movie, The Past, deals with similar issues of a fractured family, only it takes place in France. He talks about directing that film with translators who shadowed his every move. He also discusses the process of making movies in Iran and working around the censorship system there.
Banner image: (L-R) Director Asghar Farhadi and Cinemtagrapher Mahmoud Kalari. Photo by Carole Bethuel © 2013, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
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Iranian Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi ()
Asghar Farhadi's 2011 drama, A Separation, is about an urban middle-class couple in Iran who reach a point of painful dissolution. The movie won Farhadi an Oscar and earned him international acclaim. His follow-up is The Past, which explores some similar themes -- unhappy relationships, an impending divorce and children caught up in the drama. Shot in France, the movie is largely in French with some Farsi. Farhadi talks with Kim Masters about how he had a translator shadow his every move and translate his every word on set. He describes the process of working in the Iranian film industry and how filmmakers know how to work around the censorship system to make their art. Finally, he laments that Americans and Iranians -- who he finds so similar -- don't have greater understanding of each other.
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