Iran has hired a French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to sue Hollywood over a series of films including this year's Oscar-winning movie "Argo". The country has said that Hollywood movies such as "Argo" portrayed the Islamic country in a negative, violent and unrealistic manner.
The French lawyer who is described by the Iranian media as an 'anti-Zionist' is currently in Iran meeting with the leaders in the country to discuss how and where the lawsuit against Hollywood should be filed.
The lawsuit is going to be filed in an international court against the Hollywood directors and producers that the Teheran officials alleged to have promoted 'Iranophobia'.
"I'll be defending Iran against films that have been made by Hollywood to distort the country's image, such as Argo," Isna news agency quoted the lawyer as saying.
Following the Oscar win February, Iran authorities branded the Hollywood movie Argo as an anti-Iran propaganda and pro CIA.
The Oscar winning movie has been banned in theaters inside Iran. Other Hollywood movies that have infuriated the Islamic republic include "300" and "The Wrestler" which Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called as "insulting to Iran".
Associated Press reported that the decision to file the lawsuit was made after the Iranian cultural officials and movie critics screened the film "Argo" to a closed-door audience late Monday.
Without disclosing details, the gathering declared to sue the Hollywood movie entitling the film "The Hoax of Hollywood."
Following the screening and discussion about the movie, the gathering said that "awarding an anti-Iran movie is a propaganda attack against our nation and entire humanity."
Argo is an adapted story from the book The Master of Disguise by CIA operative Teny Mendez and Joshuah Berman's article 'The Great Escape' which highlights a joint mission of Canada and CIA in rescuing six American diplomats who had evaded capture during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
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