Iran celebrates Oscar win over Israeli film

February 27, 2012

(BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press) A Separation,” tells the story of a couple heading for divorce and dealing with domestic troubles, including a young child and an aging parent. It portrays a husband who is protective of his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. He is in conflict with his wife, who wishes to emigrate. Their daughter is torn between them.

(EOZ) From Payvand:

An Iranian filmmaker has won the country’s first Oscar, taking the prize for the best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and Tehran has celebrated by touting it as a victory over its archenemy.  Director Asghar Farhad’s “A Separation,” already the recipient of a number of high-profile international awards, was awarded an Oscar on February 26 over films from Belgium, Poland, Canada, and Israel. But it was the win over the Israeli entry, “Footnote,” that has garnered most of the attention. “This is the beginning of the collapse of the influence of the Zionist lobby over American society,” read a statement issued by Javad Shamaghdari, the head of Iran’s Cinematic Agency. Describing the win as an “unusual reaction to the Zionist lobby,” Shamaghdari said the Oscar marked the “beginning of the collapse” of Israeli influence. (“The American judgment bowed before the Iranian culture and Oscar voters showed a different reaction to the Zionist lobby, which is escalating war,he added.) Iranian state television, meanwhile, reported that the Iranian movie had “left behind” a film from the “Zionist regime.” With the victory, according to a report by Iran’s Student News Agency (ISNA), an “Iranian flag has been planted atop America.”