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Iranian director and actor Ali Mosaffa

Iranian director and actor Ali Mosaffa

Acclaimed Iranian director and actor Ali Mosaffa is slated to star in the country’s Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s new project. Mosaffa is planned to play a leading role in Farhadi’s new film along with two foreign actors, ISNA reports. Asghar Farhadi has planned to start shooting his new film out of Iran, in the French capital of Paris in autumn, 2012. International Memento Films Production co-director Alexander Mallet-Guy is slated to produce Farhadi’s new film, the title of which has not been announced yet. The storyline of the project will be revealed after Farhadi completes the screenplay, said Mallet-Guy, adding that he had previously said that the film would depict the story of an Iranian girl and a boy of North African origin. The Artist’s Argentine-French star Bérénice Bejo who replaced former candidate Marion Cotillard along with French actor of Algerian origin, Tahar Rahim will also star in this project. Pitched at €11-million budget, Farhadi’s new production will be his first filmmaking experience in a foreign country. The Memento Films Production distributes Farhadi’s previous films About Elly and A Separation in France. The company is currently promoting A Separation at Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film). Farhadi's A Separation won the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards. The drama also turned heads winning The Best Foreign Film Award of the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards during a ceremony held one day before the 84th Academy Awards. The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category. FGP/SS
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