Earlier this week, a press conference was held for Asghar Farhadi’s latest film The Salesman. Interestingly, one of the top stories discussed in the presser was the way the film’s crew, particularly the actors Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidousti, and Farhadi himself, dressed in the Cannes Film Festival.
Here’s IFP’s translation of a report by ModeOnline.
During the press conference, which was held in a friendly atmosphere, journalists asked about different things including the foreign producer of the movie, the process of getting the film into the Cannes, and the like.
One of the journalists asked Taraneh Alidousti about the rules and formalities she had to obey in the prestigious festival as an Iranian actress. He asked how long before the festival she had been thinking and planning about her outfit and her attitude as an Iranian actress, what her worries were and whether she was stressed about the predictable sensitivities she would have faced.
Alidousti replied, “I was not worried based on my experiences in other international festivals. Usually we don’t face any problem since our form of outfit is accepted and they respect it, as we respect other cultures.”
Shahab Hosseini also noted, “It was 5 pm that Farhadi called me in my hotel room and started some kind of game with me. He asked whether I knew how to tie a tie. That was while I knew it was his excuse to come and check me to make sure I’d be ready and had not overslept.”
Later Farhadi talked about choosing a song by Master Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Hossein Alizadeh to be played at the red carpet ceremony.
He also referred to Hosseini’s comments and said, “I was worried he wouldn’t be ready on time, but when I went to check him, I saw he was fully ready.”
The remarks came as the outfit and the formalities for attending international festivals have been a hot topic both for the media and the people. This is why even in a press meeting supposed to be focused on Farhadi’s film, the outfit issue comes up.