Iran may be coming in from the cold, but the mistreatment of those who criticises it still creates an uncomfortable atmosphere from embassies to cinemas. Asghar Farhadi, one of the first Iranians to win an Oscar with 2011’s A Separation has spoken out at Cannes about the countries treatment about those who criticise the Government.
“I’m not talking about uncontrolled violence, but pre-meditated. Sometimes you are convinced that a violent act you are going to do is justified,” he said. “Like terrorists; they feel they have good reason to be violent. Sometimes you can believe you are entitled to be violent and build up a whole body of reasons which lead up to the act. A responsible and kind man can turn into a potentially violent being.”