Acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who is known for his finely constructed dramas, may add a comedy to his already distinguished roster of films. The writer-director revealed in an interview with European website Cineuropa that making a comedy is on his bucket list.
“That is one of my greatest wishes. I hope to do a comic film one day, to deal with our humanity through comedy. That would be a very difficult task, but I hope to do it soon, maybe next time I come back to work in Iran. I wouldn’t even try to make a comedy outside of my own culture, that’s not something I find feasible. One of my favourite directors is Billy Wilder — I love that kind of cinema,” he explained.
Asghar, who previously won an Oscar for “A Separation,” took home his second Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards this year for his drama, “The Salesman.” The director chose not to attend the awards ceremony in protest against President Trump’s travel ban. He recently opened up to Variety about his decision, citing that he “reacted spontaneously.” As far as what persuaded people to vote for his movie, he said that “it’s quite complicated.”
Farhadi is currently working on an untitled Spanish film, which is due out sometime next year. The film being co-produced by Pedro Almódovar‘s company El Deseo, and will star Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.