Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:37PM
The Iranian Paris-set tale drama The Past (Le Passé) has been named the country’s representative at the Best Foreign Language Film section of the 2014 Academy Awards. Iranian cinema selection committee has chosen Asghar Farhadi’s latest production while the movie was in a close competition with Parviz Shahbazi’s Trapped, the committee spokesman, Amir Esfandiari announced. Assigned by Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), the committee reviewed 12 films shortlisted as the country's preliminary nominees for this year’s Oscar Awards. The French-Language drama, The Past depicts the story of an Iranian man who deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. When he comes back to Paris upon his wife's request for a divorce encounters with a complicated situation of the family there. Farhadi’s immigrant romantic drama, The Past is his sixth directorial experience and first one in a foreign country that was shot in the French capital, Paris. The movie garnered two prizes at the 66th Cannes film festival including the Best Actress award that went to Argentine-French actress Berenice Bejo, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (prix du Jury acuménique). Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 drama A Separation had earlier taken both the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. Peyman Moadi’s directorial debut Snow on the Pines, Abdolreza Kahani’s drama Needlessly and Causelessly, and Ali Mosaffa’s The Last Step, Ali Reza Davoudnejad’s The Acting Class and Behnam Behzadi’s Bending the Rules were among the preliminary entries of Iran for submission to this year’s Academy Awards. Maziar Miri’s Painting Pool, Mani Haqiqi’s Modest Reception , Pouran Derakhshandeh’s Hush… Girls Don’t Scream, Behrouz Shoeibi’s The Vestibule and Faramarz Qaribian’s film noir The Sinners were other films on the shortlist. Iranian cineastes like Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Masoud Kimiaie, Kamal Tabrizi, Amir Esfandiari and Ali Reza Zarindast were some of this year’s committee members. Iran has submitted a total of seventeen films for Oscar consideration in Best Foreign Language Film category since 1977. Oscar’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee annually oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. The Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language film is given to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the US with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. The 86th edition of Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. FGP/FGP