Iranian Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi premiered a drama called “The Past” at Cannes on Friday.
The Past picks up many of the family themes and the taut drama of the Tehran-based A Separation, which saw Farhadi scoop the Academy Award for best foreign-language film last year.
Farhadi said his decision to set his movie in France this time was for the sake of the story, not because of any restriction on artists at home.
“I can work for years outside Iran but I do remain a very Iranian director. Of course the set may change but I don’t change,” Farhadi told reporters.