Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani gives a mesmerizing tour de force performance in the upcoming Afghan war drama “The Patience Stone” from acclaimed director Atiq Rahimi.
The film was adapted by Jean-Claude Carrière and Rahimi from the award-winning novel of the same name and tells the story of a soft-spoken woman in an unnamed, war-torn Middle Eastern country.
As war rages around her, her husband lies in a coma and she is forced to send her two children to live with her aunt, she struggles to keep her husband alive.
After falling into a relationship with a young soldier, she begins a secret dialogue with her ailing husband as a means of freeing herself.
Her husband unconsciously becomes syngué sabour (“the patience stone”), a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse.
“The Patience Stone” premiered at the London Film Festival and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year. It opens Feb. 20, 2013 in France.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film’s U.S. distribution rights but has not scheduled a release date yet. The film was also Afghanistan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.
Farahani, who currently lives in exile in Paris, France, made international headlines earlier this year when she was banned from returning to her Iranaian homeland after posing nude as a protest against Islamic restrictions on women’s dress in the French magazine Madame Figaro and for appearing in a short black-and-white video promo with 30 other “young hopes” of the French cinema to promote the Césars, the “French Oscars”, where she had been nominated for her role in the winsome immigrant comedy “Si Tu Meurs, Je Te Tue” (“If You Die, I’ll Kill You”).
The promo had each actor take off an item of clothing as they stared into the camera to commit their “body and soul” to their art. Farahani chose to bare her right breast, saying: “I will put flesh to your dreams.”
Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance had previously banned Farahani from working because she didn’t wear a “hijab” (headscarf ) at the New York premiere of Ridley Scott’s CIA thriller “Body of Lies,” in which she plays opposite international movie star Leonardo DiCaprio.
Farahani’s appearance in “Body of Lies” was the first by an Iranian actress in a Hollywood film since the 1979 revolution.
Born in Tehran, Farahani became one of Iran’s most acclaimed actresses. She is the daughter of actor/theater director Behzad Farahani and sister of actress Shaghayegh Farahani.
Golshifteh Farahani started studying music and playing the piano at the age of 5. At 12, she entered a music school in Tehran. After graduation, she was accepted at the Vienna Conservatory.
At the age of 14 she was cast as the lead in Dariush Mehrjui’s The Pear Tree for which she won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress from the International Section of the 16th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. The win contributed to her decision to stay in Iran and choose a career in film over music.
She never boarded the plane to Vienna. Since then she has acted in 16 films, many of which have received international awards. For Boutique she won the Best Actress award from the 26th Nantes Three Continents Festival (France).
In recent years she has acted in movies by some of Iran’s best directors: Dariush Mehrjui’s controversial film the Santoor Player, Bahman Ghobadi’s Half Moon (winner of the Golden Shell at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival) and the late Rasool Mollagholipoor’s M for Mother (Iran’s nominee for the 2008 Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film category) for which she won the special prize of the jury for the Best Actress from the 37th Roshd International Film Festival.
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