October 3, 2002
8:35 AM   Subscribe

Only in Iran, kissing a mid-age actress on an award ceremony could be so politically effective, both actress and the young director are in court now. Hardliners gathered at a mosque and ranted against reformists and western culture. The day after, a high-rank official was arrested because he had let those guys go after the ceremony. What would happen if Oscars was held in Iran?
posted by hoder (8 comments total)
There would be no more Angelica Jolie?
posted by byort at 8:38 AM on October 3, 2002

Maybe some intelligent movies would get an award for a change?
posted by matteo at 8:51 AM on October 3, 2002

They would end on time?
posted by TskTsk at 8:58 AM on October 3, 2002

They would, against all odds, somehow manage to suck that much more?
posted by dhoyt at 9:20 AM on October 3, 2002

This story does demonstrate the tug-of-war occurring in Iran between moderates, who control the Presidency and the legislative branch, and the hard-liners, who control the judiciary.

While the actress is apparently popular in Iran, perhaps support will continue to grow for the moderates.
posted by quam at 10:04 AM on October 3, 2002

I imagine them passing out "Ayatolas" instead of "Oscars", little golden statues of Komeanie himself, and the jury of Mulhas would have judged the movies, they'd smile broadly every time the camera panned to them...well you asked what would happen.
posted by rogde at 12:33 PM on October 3, 2002

"aha!" exclaimed dubya. "even more support for attacking iran. i mean iraq. i mean, those &*$# evildoers!"
posted by quonsar at 1:19 PM on October 3, 2002

The US isn't treating Iranian filmmakers much better: Abbas Kiarostami was denied a visa to come to New York for the festival premiere of his new film. As the NYT put it: "It's a mystery what the Bush administration thought it was protecting us from when it denied a timely visa to Iran's leading film director, Abbas Kiarostami. Surely not international embarrassment."

The Finnish director Aki Käurismaki promptly cancelled his festival appearance out of protest.
posted by muckster at 4:17 PM on October 3, 2002

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