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Iran Court Moves Forward with Plagiarism Charges Against Asghar Farhadi for ‘A Hero’

An Iran court has moved forward on plagiarism charges against two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi in a case accusing him of stealing the premise for his new film, A Hero, from an earlier documentary, All Winners All Losers, made by Azadeh Masihzadeh, a former film student of Farhadi’s. A court in Tehran found evidence […]

Iran Court Finds Film Student Azadeh Masihzadeh Not Guilty in Asghar Farhadi Defamation Suit

Azadeh Masihzadeh, the former film student of Asghar Farhadi who has accused the two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director of stealing the idea for his new film A Hero from her original documentary, has been acquitted of defamation charges by an Iranian court. Farhadi had brought the suit against Masihzadeh after she publicly claimed the plot for […]

Did Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Steal the Idea for ‘A Hero’?

Questions of ethics and motive, the gap between public and private morality, run through A Hero, the latest drama from acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. The feature, which won the Jury Grand Prize at 2021’s Cannes Film Festival, was picked up by Amazon for U.S. release in January. A favorite for the 2022 Oscar race […]

“If You Give All the Information to the Audience, You Put Them in a Passive Position”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘A Hero’ Director Asghar Farhadi and Guest Moderator Florian Zeller

Asghar Farhadi, writer and director of the Iranian Oscar submission A Hero, spoke with guest moderator and The Father screenwriter Florian Zeller about his new work and the filmmaking process for THR Presents, powered by Vision Media. In A Hero, a jailed man, Rahim (played by Amir Jadidi) is given two days’ parole to convince […]

Hero or Fraudster? The Powerful New Film From Asghar Farhadi

This story was created in paid partnership with Amazon Studios Somewhere in a city, a man is going through a rough patch. He owes a significant amount of money, with no visible resources to cover his debt. To make matters even worse, his family is involved — his ex-brother-in-law is his creditor. What will he […]

“Directing Is a Hostage Negotiation With Reality”: Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, Guillermo del Toro and the THR Director Roundtable

Directing movies has always been a high-wire act, and it has only gotten harder in this unpredictable era of the pandemic. In mid-November, six filmmakers behind some of the year’s most celebrated cinematic work gathered for The Hollywood Reporter’s Director Roundtable: Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), […]

Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Hero’ Picks Up Three Awards From Palm Springs International Film Festival

Though the COVID-19 pandemic crushed in-person plans, officials went ahead with announcing honors for films that were set to screen at this month’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. That decision has led to good news for Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero. The film, starring Amir Jadidi in the story of a man who tries to convince […]

Making of ‘A Hero’: Writer-Director Asghar Farhadi’s Latest Drama Has Been in His Mind for Decades

According to Amir Jadidi, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s drama A Hero, there’s an expression in Farsi that roughly translates as, “The wealthier, the needier.” This was one of the actor’s initial thoughts when the director first pitched the film’s title character, Rahim, a man seemingly forever dangling over the precipice of disaster, yet with […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast [Live] — Asghar Farhadi (‘A Hero’)

Asghar Farhadi is a brilliant writer and director who, at just 49, is already among the most accomplished filmmakers ever to emerge from Iran. The Hollywood Reporter has said that Farhadi’s films have “revolutionized new Iranian cinema, pulling it out of the much beaten path of realism pioneered by directors like Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen […]

National Board of Review Names ‘Licorice Pizza’ as Best Film of 2021

The National Board of Review has named Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy Licorice Pizza as its best film of 2021. The MGM/United Artists feature scored two more wins, including best director for Anderson and breakthrough performance for stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman. “In a moment of transition and uncertainty, there is nothing like Licorice […]

Telluride 2021: With ‘A Hero,’ Asghar Farhadi Tells a Fable for the Cancel Culture Age

Asghar Farhadi doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook. “It takes a lot of time, and from an emotional point of view, I’m not the kind of person that can absorb that much bad news,” he says. But the two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director has made a trenchant critique of the phenomenon of social media-anointed saints and villains […]

Cannes: ‘A Hero’ Emerges as Palme Favorite, Likely to Return Iran to Oscar Race

A Hero, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday night and screened again at the fest on Wednesday, has emerged as the odds-on favorite to win the Palme d’Or, and a strong bet to become the Iranian entry for the best international feature Oscar. The Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi helmed […]