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Asghar Farhadi doesn't feel his Oscar win for "The Salesman" is the least bit tainted by the pall of politics surrounding it.When the Iranian writer-director was awarded the Academy's prize for best foreign language film late last month – his second Oscar, having won for "A Separation" in 2011 – it was a surprise to pundits, since many assumed Maren Ade's "Tony Erdmann" would take the award.The filmmaker's remarks were made during Qumra, the Doha Film Institute's film incubation platform for young filmmakers, now in its third year.Farhadi couldn't attend the event personally because he's on location in Spain for his next feature. His remarks during Qumra were his first to the international press since his Oscar win, he said, so naturally the interview was dominated by that matter, and his new project – a Spanish-language film, his first to have no connection to Iran, set to star Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, co-produced by Pedro Almodovar.Earlier Farhadi had led a master class – also via video link – with Richard Pena, the veteran director of the New York Film Festival (1988-2012), nowadays a film studies professor at Columbia University. It was a wide-ranging discussion covering his practice as seen in the films "About Elly" (2009), "A Separation" and "The Salesman". After the master class, The Daily Star asked Farhadi whether he'd ever make a comedy. He replied that such a film would have to speak Farsi.
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