A second judge will now decide the verdict on the Oscar-winning director, who took the concept of “hero” from a former film student.
A day after an Iranian trial Hikmat in favor of Azadeh Masihzadehformer film student Asghar Farhadi Who claimed to have stolen the idea for his movie?a heroFrom her own documentary, the Academy Award-winning director is found guilty of plagiarism. The Hollywood Reporter It was revealed that the court sided with Masih Zadeh, who only yesterday won a defamation lawsuit filed by Farhadi in a false lawsuit.
According to the ruling, Farhadi lifted the introduction of the movie “Hero” (a man on vacation from a debtor prison stumbles upon a bag of money who then decides to publicly hand it over to the authorities to rehabilitate his image) from Mosizadeh’s documentary “All the Winners, All the Losers,” which was shown at a film festival. Irani in 2018. Masihzadeh shot the documentary during a workshop taught by Farhadi, who later claimed she had asked her to sign a document saying the idea for the film belonged to him.
The ruling issued by the Tehran Court is binding and not subject to appeal. A second judge will now decide on sentencing for the director of “A Separation” and “A Salesman.” The penalties include forfeiture of all profits from “A Hero” (released by Amazon Studios in the US) to Masihzadeh, as well as a possible prison sentence.
Globally, “A Hero” has earned around $2.5 million USD so far and is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
While Farhadi admitted that the movie was based on the same true story that was the basis for “All Winners”, he did not give credit for discovering the material made by the film’s former student. He had claimed his independent research on the story of Mr. Shukri, an inmate in the debtor’s prison who, similar to the hero of the movie “Hero”, found a bag of gold while on prison leave and decided to return it.
Masihzadeh, in her initial accusationclaimed that,[Shokri’s] The story was never in the national media, was never shown on television, and was not available online or in the public records. It was a story that I found and researched myself.”
Her acquittal in the defamation case means she won’t have to face a possible two-year prison sentence.
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