Iran has submitted Le Passé (The Past) , a film by Director Asghar Farhadi, for Oscars consideration. Critics, however, are claiming the entry is not Iranian enough.
The film tells the story of an Iranian who returns to France after four years away to sign divorce papers with his French wife Marie.
During the trip, he uncovers a secret weighing on Marie, her daughters and her new boyfriend. Considering the French aspect, the Oscars nomination has been opposed by conservatives who say the film is too French, reported Agence France-Presse.
The Fars news agency, considered close to conservatives, criticized the decision, saying Le Passé was not only filmed in France but made with entirely French financing.
“Contrary to A Separation there is nothing Iranian in this film apart from a character who could have come from any other country,” it said.
“It would have been preferable to select a purely Iranian film like Dar-Band, which would have presented a more realistic image of Iran,” it said, referring to another Iranian contender by Director Parviz Shahbazi.
Farhadi won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2012 for A Separation, which tells the story of an Iranian couple wrestling with whether to emigrate or stay in the country to care for an ailing parent.