Iran Oscar winner rejects plagiarism claims at Cannes

Iran’s two-time Oscar winner, director Asghar Farhadi, gave a prolonged rebuttal of claims that he plagiarized his 2021  film “A Hero” on Tuesday in Cannes. The 50-year-old director is a part of the jury for the world’s high movie pageant, a 12 months after “A Hero” received its second-place Grand Prix. It emerged final month that Farhadi faces trial in Iran after a former pupil accused him of stealing the thought for the movie, which follows an Iranian convict who positive factors fame after discovering a handbag of gold cash and monitoring down its proprietor somewhat than holding it for himself.

However Farhadi stated each the coed’s documentary and his movie had been based mostly on a real story lined within the media, and subsequently not topic to copyright legislation. “When an occasion has already occurred… it belongs within the public area,” he informed reporters, saying it was the primary time he had publicly addressed the controversy.

“It had been the topic of an article in a well-known newspaper in Iran, that anybody can discover with a easy Google search,” Farhadi added. “Anybody can have their very own interpretation of this story. ‘A Hero’ is an interpretation, identical to this documentary, and there’s no query of copyright, completely not.” The criticism was made by Azadeh Masihzadeh, who made the documentary “All Winners All Losers” about the identical story.

Farhadi stated she had demanded a credit score in the beginning of the movie and a share of the revenues, however that the movie’s French producers had rightly refused. “Out of respect for this individual, I had requested for her to be thanked within the credit however she didn’t need that,” Farhadi stated. Non secular authorities agreed final month to permit a trial in Iran for copyright violation to go forward, nevertheless it has but to start.

Farhadi, who has twice received the Academy Award for greatest overseas language movie, for 2011’s “A Separation” and 2016’s “The Salesman”, stated he was excited to be a part of the eight-person jury deciding this 12 months’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. “However this pleasure I really feel shouldn’t be very deep given what my nation is experiencing in the mean time,” he stated, referring to the “financial and political pressures that my individuals are struggling”. “For a rustic with such a wonderful previous… to be residing a gift so catastrophic… ruins my pleasure. Many Iranians can not expertise pleasure in the mean time,” he stated.  – AFP



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