In one of the more poignant moments at the Academy Awards Sunday evening, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi displayed his admiration for his country in a passionate acceptance speech for his movie winning the Best Foreign Film award.
“At this time, many Iranians are all over the world are watching us, and I imagine them to be very happy,” Farhadi said after his film about a couple that ponders leaving Iran for better opportunities, “A Separation,” won.
“They are happy not just because of an important award, or a film or a filmmaker. At the time when talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, her rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this hour to the people of my country, who despise hostility and resentment.”
In the press conference backstage, Farhadi was asked recent tensions with the United States and Israel over nuclear weapons.
“I don’t have any message for the governments because I believe this film is commuting for the people,” he replied. “And I don’t think that government people are really into cinema.”
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