Iran Considering Lawsuit Against Argo
While their may have a been a good number of people disappointed in the fact that Ben Affleck’s Argo ran away with the Best Picture Oscar last month, it’s unlikely that anyone was angry enough to sue over it.
Not the case with the Iranian government it seems. According to The Associated Press (via The Hollywood Reporter), government officials are in talks with noted French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre about how they might go about filing a lawsuit. As of now, it is not clear who would be the target of the suit.
The article states that the decision to pursue litigation first came up after Iranian culture officials and film critics screened the film at a private screening in Tehran last night. The film was already a hot-button topic due not only to its perceived anti-Iranian sentiment but to the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama presented the film with the Best Picture award as the Oscar ceremony.
In addition to a possible lawsuit, the Iranian government is apparently working to develop a film exploring the Iranian perspective of the hostage rescue. The film, titled The General Staff, is reportedly being funded via the Art Bureau segment of the government.
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