Iran’s culture minister said Monday that his country will boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
An Iranian film won an Oscar in the foreign film category in February. But Mohammed Hosseini said the Islamic Republic would not field an entry for next year’s awards due to the low-budget video he dubbed “an intolerable insult to the Prophet of Islam,” the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. Hosseini urged other Islamic countries to also boycott.
He confirmed that the committee in charge of selecting Iran’s entry has already picked Ye Habbeh Ghand, or A Cube of Sugar — a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom’s relative dies — to compete for best foreign film.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the 2012 Oscar for best foreign film for his movie, A Separation — the first such prize for Iran. READ FULL STORY