Yesterday, BWW reported that Iranian authorities are considering suing Hollywood over the way their country was depicted in the Academy Award-winning film ARGO. (read story here) The film is based on the 1979 escape of six hostages from Tehran who found asylum at the Canadian Embassy during the hostage crisis.
Today, Deadline is reporting that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who served as the attorney for Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, is mounting a case against a series of U.S. films that Iran believes "have portrayed it in a distorted and unrealistic manner."
According to The Guardian, the attorney wants to file a lawsuit in international court against directors and producers who local officials believe have promoted "Iranophobia."
ISNA news agency quotes Coutant-Peyre as saying, "I'll be defending Iran against films that have been made by Hollywood to distort the country's image, such as Argo." Other films that are reportedly included in the complaint are 2006's 300, 1991's Not Without My Daughter, starring Sally Fields and Darren Aronofsky's Oscar-nominated The Wrestler.
At Monday night's "Hoax Of Hollywood" conference in Tehran, attendee Mohammad Lesani, is reported to have said the gathering was intended to "unify all cultural communities in Iran against the attacks of the west, particularly Hollywood."