Plagiarism lawsuit filed by Asghar Farhadi awaits verdict

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Update April 6 at 2:53 PM: New information has emerged regarding the plagiarism case between Asghar Farhadi and Azadeh Masihzadeh. Farhadi’s conviction of plagiarism was first reported; Instead, Farhadi is currently waiting to hear whether evidence against him that was sent to a second judge in the Court of Appeals will be challenged or reconsidered, THR Reports. Farhadi’s lawyer wrote on Instagram on April 5 that the situation should be viewed as “part of the trial process,” not a final verdict as originally reported.

Update April 5th at 10:37 am: Asghar Farhadi was convicted of plagiarism a hero by an Iranian court. Farhadi’s defamation lawsuit against the student who accused him of plagiarism Azadeh Masihzadeh has been dropped. for every The Hollywood ReporterNow Farhadi will be judged by another judge and may be forced to hand over all profits or go to jail. The ruling cannot be appealed.

The original story follows.

Asghar FarhadiThe giant of Iranian cinema, is now embroiled in his own drama. The director faces two separate lawsuits claiming he stole a plot his last movie, a herothat was Shortlisted for the Oscar for Best International Feature But he was not nominated. according to to The The Hollywood Reportera former film student of Farhadi’s director, Azadeh Masihzadeh, claims to have made a documentary that inspired a plot a hero During a 2014 workshop, the subject of her documentary is suing Farhadi for defamation. Farhadi is also resisting Masihzadeh for defamation.

a hero The film revolves around a person in debtor’s prison who finds gold coins during a period of two days and decides to hand them over to fix his image. Masih Zadeh Documentary, All winners, all losers, also follows a debtor’s prison inmate who stumbles on gold during his checkout and decides to return it, in response to a request by Farhadi to produce a film about “returning lost things.” Masihzadeh claimed that Farhadi made her sign a document in 2019, before production began a heroHe indicated that he had an idea All winners, all losersWhich I did “under a lot of pressure”. Farhadi’s lawyer did not dispute the document, saying it made it clear that he “was the one who proposed the idea and blueprint for the documentary.” His attorney said he researched the story himself, based on media coverage; Masihzadeh claims there has been little coverage of the incident that inspired her documentary. In contrast, Farhadi claimed the main character of a heroRaheem, different from the real life topic All winners, all losers. In addition, a former student from 2011 said The The Hollywood Reporter He believed that Farhadi made a movie based on one of his projects, but did not plan to sue him because he was a “genius filmmaker”.

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It is unclear when the verdicts in the trials will be issued. If Masihzadeh wins her lawsuit, Farhadi will have to transfer the movie’s profits and could face imprisonment, per THR. If she loses Farhadi’s suit, she could face two years in prison and 74 lashes.

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