I Wish I Could Learn of My Film’s Oscar Nomination in a Better Time: Farhadi

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Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi says he wished he could hear the news of his film’s nomination in the 2017 Academy Awards in a time not filled with the sorrow of Plasco tragedy.

“It is a great honour to see Iran’s name in the list of Best Foreign Language Film nominees,” said Asghar Farhadi, the director of “The Salesman”, according to a Farsi report by ISNA.

“I wished I could learn of such happy news in a time where Iranian people weren’t immersed in the grief of Plasco building collapse tragedy, and the loss of our compatriots and the noble, humble heroes of firefighting. I offer my sincere condolences to the families of victims.”

“Congratulations to all my colleagues in ‘The Salesman’,” he added. “On this occasion, I would also like to commemorate Yadollah Najafi [soung engineer], my dear friend and colleague who left us forever last year. Rest in peace.”

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