Newswire: Oscar-nominated foreign film directors pen joint letter denouncing “fanaticism”

The directors of the five movies nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film at tomorrow’s Oscars—Maren Ade, Martin Zandvliet, Hannes Holm, Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, and Asghar Farhadi—have signed a joint statement expressing their opposition to nationalism and fanaticism, especially among “leading politicians.” As reported by Rolling Stone, the six directors released the statement last night, calling for “this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.”

Farhadi has been at the center of a great deal of controversy in recent weeks, ever since Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries potentially blocked him from attending the ceremony in honor of his film The Salesman. (The ban has since been struck down by the courts, but Farhadi has still declined to attend, instead sending a pair of Iranian space explorers in his …

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