Ruling on ‘a hero’ plagiarism not final, says Asghar Farhadi’s lawyer – Deadline
A guilty verdict in a plagiarism case against Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi is not the court’s final verdict, the filmmaker’s lawyer has said. The case concerns Farhadi A herowhich won the Grand Prix at Cannes last year and was Iran’s submission for the International Feature Film category at the Oscars.
A former student of Farhadi, Azadeh Masihzadeh, has accused the filmmaker of stealing the idea for A hero of his documentary All winners All losers. The doc was produced during a workshop supervised by the A separation and Seller author.
Farhadi’s attorney, Kaveh Rad, wrote on Instagram today that the investigator has dismissed Masihzadeh’s complaint about the film’s revenue sharing. Confusing things, however, reports have circulated that Farhadi has been found guilty of plagiarism and the decision is binding. Rad wrote (translated from Farsi) that “the decision is not the final verdict of the court and is considered part of the trial, and in the continuation of the trial, the case will first be reviewed by the second criminal court , then before the Court of Appeal.
Meanwhile, local media reports that the Tehran Culture and Media Court “considered that the documents and reasons provided for the occurrence of the crime and its commission by Mr. Farhadi were sufficient and issued a final order summoning Mr. Farhadi to appear. test.”
The summons, according to the local press, is a decision that the judicial authority of the prosecution makes after a guilty verdict. The summons is then transmitted to the second criminal court to rule and fix the amount of the sentence. The result of the citation is that the accused must appear in the criminal court for the charge to be investigated.
Rad added that he hoped the decision would be violated “during the higher-level proceedings, referring the matter to an expert and seeking expert advice from professors and experts in the field of law. author”.
Masihzadeh also told local media that Farhadi sued her for defamation, but the claims were dismissed.
A hero centers on Rahim (Amir Jadidi), a man imprisoned for unpaid debts who, while on a brief furlough, returns a newly discovered purse filled with gold coins to its rightful owner rather than using the money to repay its overdue accounts. Writer-director Farhadi recently told Deadline that he “has been reading stories like this in the press for some time…of ordinary individuals, who briefly made the headlines because of an act of selflessness. These stories often had common features. A hero wasn’t inspired by any particular short story, but writing it had those stories in mind.
According to ABC News, Farhadi brought a list of newspaper excerpts to his studio at the Tehran art institution, Karnameh, where Masihzadeh was a student. Karnameh principal Negar Eskandarfar told ABC that all the students in that class then worked on documentaries by finding characters assigned to them and telling their stories. But Masihzadeh maintains she found her story on her own, centering it on a single dad who is in jail for financial reasons who found a bag full of cash while on leave and how the bag’s return affected his life.
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