Iran is planning a response to "Argo." Ben Affleck's "baby" has gotten tons of attention this year and after winning "Best Picture" at the 2013 Academy Awards, Iran has more fuel in the tank to help them tell their side of the story. On Feb. 25, The Bayou Buzz reported that filmmakers in Iran plan to release their own film about the 1979 hostage crisis. The story, they say, will be told from their point of view.
"Iranian state media criticize the movie as 'replete with historical inaccuracies and distortions.' Iran's Art Bureau says it will fund its own film about the handing over of 20 U.S. hostages," Bayou Buzz reports.
Iran's response to "Argo" is not surprising, given the fact that the film doesn't paint the country (and its people) in the prettiest of pictures. Many people are curious to see how the films differ and whether Iran's take on what happened in '79 completes, contradicts, or compliments the Oscar-winning film produced by Affleck, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov.
News of Iran's plans to make their own film broke in January. Now that "Argo" has proved to be such a huge success here in The States, filmmakers in Iran are pushing forward with their plans. They have said that their people have been depicted as "overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical" while the US and its CIA is -- per usual -- the "hero." It is unknown if that perception will change altogether, but the new film will supposedly be more "realistic."
Will the Iranian response to "Argo" be as popular as the "original"? Probably not. However it has a good chance of doing well because people are curious to compare.
© Effie Orfanides 2013