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Ben Affleck’s Argo, his film on a successful attempt to rescue Americans during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, has won plenty of acclaim around the world...except in Iran. Actor and director Ataollah Salmanian slammed the film and plans on making his own version to tell Iran’s side of the story.
“The draft of the movie, Setad Moshtarak, [The General Staff], has been approved by [Iran's] art centre and it awaits a budget to start shooting,” Salmanian told The U.K. Telegraph. “The movie is about 20 American hostages who were handed over to the US embassy by Iranian revolutionaries at the beginning of the revolution.”
He adds that this film can be seen as the proper response to “distorted movies” like Argo.
In Argo, the CIA extracts six diplomats from the Canadian ambassador's residence while pretending to be a film crew working on a sci-fi project in Tehran. The film has been criticized for historical inaccuracies, but that itsn’t stopping the film from earning critical praise.
The film surprisingly beat Lincoln at the Golden Globes on Sunday, winning both Best Picture - Drama and Best Director. It is also up for several Oscars, including Best Picture, although Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director.
“Argo is a sign of Ben Affleck's attempt to recreate Tehran in 1980,” Iranian paper Hafte Sobh commented, notes the Telegraph. “While his attempt might be ridiculous for Iranians, it has delighted American experts and critics.”