Ceremony Honoring Oscar-Winning Iranian Film 'A Separation' Canceled

The event for director Asghar Farhadi was scrapped after Iranian authorities denied the necessary permits.

A ceremony in Iran to honor Asghar Farhadi, the director of Oscar-winning film A Separation, was canceled by Iranian authorities after the event wasn’t granted to necessary permits.

The movie won the Academy Award for best foreign film in February.

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There was no information as to why the permits were not approved, according to the AP. All public events in Iran need approval from the government.

The film was praised as a conquest for Iranian film, and also for winning over a competitor from Israel.

However, some Iranian conservatives were uncomfortable with the movie's themes of domestic turmoil, gender inequality and the desire by some to leave the country.

Two film groups spoke out against the cancellation in a statement address Farhadi. The Center for Directors of Iranian Cinema and the High Council of Producers of Iranian Cinema said, “We intended to have a simple and friendly meeting to say 'thank you' for the great achievement you brought Iran and Iranian cinema but the cultural custodians did not let us realize this.”

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"We deeply regret this," the statement added.

Farhadi’s film, a courtroom drama of a divorce and attempted murder case that doubles as a multilayered critique of Iranian society, was also a Golden Globe nominee and the Golden Bear winner at February’s Berlin Film Festival, the first ever from Iran.

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