I no­ticed that you are cur­rently only go­ing to film fes­ti­vals.

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What about Dubai? The dis­trib­u­tor had ap­plied for the same, but we are yet to re­ceive any con­fir­ma­tion from them.

Is a re­lease in your own home coun­try fea­si­ble? Or will you face a fatwa?

I don't know, just re­ally wanted to make this film and I doubt that it can be screened there in Iran.

Worse can hap­pen, you may even face a ban like Ja­far Panahi who is un­der a 20-year em­bargo.

Even if an artiste is banned, he or she will find a way to do what­ever he or she likes. You can't im­prison art and even if the artist is re­stricted, art finds a way out one day. Dur­ing his ban Ja­far di­rected Taxi – his third fea­ture dur­ing the re­stric­tions – which, in fact, won the Golden Bear at the 65th Berlin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

He may not be able to go out of

But did the gov­ern­ment not try to stop you when you were film­ing it?

It is a rule in Iran that ev­ery film­maker has to sub­mit the film-script to the gov­ern­ment, prior to mak­ing it. Any ob­jec­tion­able ele­ment is asked to be re­moved, some­times as much as chang­ing the ba­sic plot.

But there are many film-mak­ers who make films with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion and I did the same. I shot my film ex­clu­sively out­side Tehran to es­cape gov­ern­ment’s sur­veil­lance. I faced a dif­fer­ent prob­lem be­cause of that. The pro­ducer who also was the pro­tag­o­nist quit due to lack of gov­ern­ment ap­proval. He was also silly – not con­vinced, I can do a movie be­cause it was my first. Fi­nally, I did this movie with­out any spon­sors or any fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

[ Turn­ing to Fery]: Thanks to her sup­port.

But I must men­tion, my film con­veys the cul­ture and tra­di­tion of Iran in a very re­al­is­tic man­ner, with­out any ex­ag­ger­a­tion.

Mak­ing a film silently and screen­ing it are dif­fer­ent is­sues.

Have you thought of re­leas­ing your movies in Syria, Saudi Ara­bia, Dubai, Bahrain, Iraq etc? Well, you see, Syria does not have any min­istry of what you call...in­for­ma­tion and cul­ture at present. The rea­sons why they will ob­ject to show the film is be­cause of the il­le­gal re­la­tion – there is no mar­riage but there is a child.

As far as re­la­tions be­tween both the coun­tries are con­cerned, de­spite a very long war we have a very good re­la­tion­ship. We are all broth­ers and sis­ters across the border.

Well, about Saudi Ara­bia, we do

I gather you al­ready have your next ven­ture ready.

Well, I have got my next script ready and it is also about a woman’s story, but this time the woman is com­ing from a prov­ince from a lit­tle town and the re­la­tion is about how she strug­gles in the town.

What kind of strug­gle? It's a story about how a group or so­ci­ety can drive some­body to be crazy be­cause this per­son does not look like them – she is dif­fer­ent – and be­cause she is dif­fer­ent they put her in a con­di­tion that she feels dis­turbed. It is ba­si­cally a bad in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the re­li­gion where they are act­ing just be­cause they are told to with no real depth but only with su­per­fi­cial knowl­edge.

It cre­ates a con­di­tion that this per­son is dis­turbed. They don't re­ally get the spir­i­tu­al­ity, the truth, be­hind the con­cept of re­li­gion and they are just act­ing with very su­per­fi­cial knowl­edge. This film is more about the cri­tique of re­li­gion as it is prac­tised to­day.

Is the ti­tle in place? The name of my next movie is Upon That High Moun­tain. The pro­tag­o­nist of the film comes from a high moun­tain and she is very spir­i­tual. As I said, it is a cri­tique of re­li­gion, it is about some­body who is go­ing on top of a moun­tain to a shrine and the shrine is very high up the moun­tain. We

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