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Asghar Farhadi Invites Artists to Declare Solidarity With the People of Iran

Asghar Farhadi released a video in which he invited artists around the world to declare solidarity with the people of Iran in the wake of countrywide protests since the death of Mahsa Amini, who was taken to a “re-education center” after allegedly not wearing her hijab properly. The two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director also sent out […]

Zurich: Asghar Farhadi Named President of Competition Jury

Two-time Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi will head up the competition jury for the 2022 Zurich International Film Festival, judging this year’s winners of the Golden Eye honors. Farhadi will oversee the three-person jury, together with Swiss director Petra Volpe (The Divine Order) and producer Daniel Dreifuss (No, Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front), […]

Cannes: Asghar Farhadi Denies Plagiarism Claims

Asghar Farhadi used the platform of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival to forcefully deny allegations that he plagiarized his 2021 film A Hero. A former student of the two-time Oscar winner has accused Farhadi of stealing the premise for A Hero from her original documentary All Winners, All Losers, without giving her credit. The claims […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Oscars: Iran Selects ‘A Hero’ for International Feature Category

Iran has picked A Hero, Asghar Farhadi’s drama about honesty, honor and the price of freedom, to represent the country for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Category. The Iranian-French co-production, which first bowed in competition in Cannes to critical acclaim, sees the Iranian auteur make a welcome return to his homeland […]