Iran subdues Israel (at the movies)

The Israeli film-going public has been curious about "A Separation" and 30,000 viewers have watched it thus far.

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February 28, 2012 00:52
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'A Separation' director Asghar Farhadi (C)

'A Separation' director Asghar Farhadi (C) 390 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

 
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Bloggers and Facebook pundits conceded on Monday that having Joseph Cedar’s Footnote lose the Oscar to Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation in the Best Foreign Language Film category at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony was preferable to ending up on the short end of the current heated nuclear war of words and actions between the two countries.

And they were not the only ones to connect the Israeli- Iranian tensions to the film contest. Iranian state TV termed the results a victory over Israel “leaving behind” a film from the “Zionist regime.”

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And Javad Shamaghdari, head of Iran’s Cinematic Agency, portrayed the Academy’s decision as the “beginning of the collapse” of Israeli influence that “beats the drum of war” in the US, according to wire service reports.

Farhadi himself attempted to step away from the huffy rhetoric during his acceptance speech at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, saying that Iran is “spoken [about] here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”

“I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment,” he added, apparently unaware of the statements being made back in Tehran.

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