Iran has once again gained the opportunity to compete for an Academy Award in the foreign language film category, with the latest work from its world-renowned filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.
On January 24, the movie was nominated as one of the five contenders that could take home the 89th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
However, the star of the film, Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, is choosing to boycott the Oscars in protest at President Donald Trump's "racist" ban on Muslim immigrants.
The 33-year-old actress tweeted, "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest."
Alidoosti's comments come after Trump told ABC News on Wednesday that "visas will not be accepted from 30 targeted countries that have tremendous terror."
Those countries include Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Back in 2012, Farhadi won Iran its first-ever Academy Award with domestic drama ‘A Separation.’Asghar Farhadi's 'A Separation' won Iran's first-ever Academy Award in 2012.
Farhadi’s latest production has won the Oscar nomination alongside three European contenders and one Australian rival.
‘The Salesman’ is a theatrical depiction of the life of an Iranian family. It is considered a moral drama about a married couple, who are actors performing in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman.’
The story exposes the life of the couple who face a dramatic change after moving into a new house.
‘The Salesman’ has previously won two prizes at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in May. The Best Screenplay was awarded to Farhadi and Palme d’Or was for Best Actor was presented to Shahab Hosseini.
‘The Salesman’ was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award among several other nationwide and universal recognitions.
Australia’s first-ever nomination in the foreign language film race ‘Tanna,’ Sweden’s ‘A Man Called Ove,’ Denmark's World War Two drama ‘Land of Mine,’ and Germany’s father-daughter comedy ‘Toni Erdmann’ are the other four films competing in this category.
An Albawaba editor has contributed to this report.
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