Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar FarhadiThe plagiarism war has taken a new turn. Based on The Hollywood ReporterFarhadi was prosecuted in Iran for getting ideas for his movie A hero from his former film student Azadeh Masihzadeh. The film was shortlisted for this year’s Best International Picture Oscar.
A hero won the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix before hitting theaters and Amazon Prime. It tells the story of Rahim (Amir Jadidi), an embarrassed man who, despite his debt, returned a bag of found gold coins to the authorities in order to deceive his public image. Last September, Farhadi told Vanity Fair that he was first attracted to his film themes when he read a play by Bertolt Brecht Galileo’s Life at the University. “It always stayed with me,” he said, but “I never thought I would write a movie or a play or anything about that concept.”
CHEAP reported that Farhadi was indicted for allegedly promoting ideas for A hero are from All winners All losers, a documentary that Masihzadeh developed while at a seminar taught by Farhadi. This ruling came a day later CHEAP report that the courts had also ruled in Masihzadeh’s favor in a separate defamation lawsuit filed by Farhadi alleging that she had made false accusations against him.
Farhadi acknowledged that his feature was based on the documentary’s real-life theme, but claimed he researched his own story, according to THR. A Tehran court found evidence that Farhadi had infringed Masihzadeh’s copyright, and according to THR, The plagiarism case “will now be referred to a second judge, whose decision can then be challenged in an appeals court. The judge can also order a re-investigation of the case.”
Previous version of CHEAPThe article falsely reported that Farhadi had been found guilty in the plagiarism case. Based on DeadlineFarhadi’s lawyer, Kaveh Rad, wrote on Instagram on Tuesday that “the decision is not a final court decision and is considered part of the adjudication process, and in the resumption process, the case will be heard again before first at the second criminal trial and then the Court of Appeal.” Rad also stated that the case investigator denied Masihzadeh’s request for a share of the film’s revenue if there was a guilty verdict. .
While promoting A hero, the director behind the Oscar winners The split and Sales agent told VF that this is his first film in which there is “nothing hidden” in the story. “I never thought I was have learned making movies,” he said, laughing at the time. “Making a movie is like driving a car – you can’t say you’re a good driver, [because] you only have to crash once, and then you don’t. ”
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