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The Past picked as Iran's official Oscar entry

30 September 2013 2:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Drama from A Separation's Asghar Farhadi put forward despite criticism from conservatives

Cannes prizewinner The Past (aka Le Passé), directed by A Separation's Asghar Farhadi, has joined the race for the best foreign language Oscar after being submitted as Iran's official entry. Press TV, the state backed English language news channel, reported that The Past had beaten off competition from the likes of Parviz Shahbazi's Trapped to get the nod from Iran's Farabi Cinema Foundation, which nominates the contender.

The Past, which won the best actress award in Cannes for Bérénice Bejo, is a study of an Iranian man (played by Ali Mosaffa) who returns to Paris to finalise his divorce from his French wife (Bejo), who in a relationship with another man, Samir (Tahar Rahim). Marion Cotillard had been due to take the lead role in the 11m euro drama, Farhadi's first to be shot outside Iran, but »

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