"I don't want to be a political figure," Farahani says.
Farahani portrays a mother of two caring for her injured husband. But in Afghanistan, a woman can end up in mortal danger for opening her mouth.
The man, much older than her, lies on a mat in their home with a feeding tube running from a plastic bag to his mouth. Atiq Rahimi, director of "The Patience Stone," was born in Kabul and now lives in Paris.
He is unconscious, left in a coma by a bullet to the neck, but his eyes are oddly wide open. He also wrote the novel on which the movie is based, for which he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France's most important literature prize, in 2008. "Her beauty initially gave me cause for concern," he says, concern that the story "would become secondary." "That's meant as a joke," Farahani asserts.
"He couldn't imagine me as a woman suffering." An Artistic Family Farahani has always fought for what she believed in.
As a student, she spearheaded a protest because her school was unheated.
At 16, she cut off her hair and dressed in boys' clothes so she could ride her bicycle through Tehran.Farahani comes from an artistic family, with a father who is a theater director and a mother, sister and brother who all act or direct."There was just one profession I wasn't supposed to pursue -- acting," Farahani says, laughing. She attended the conservatory in in Tehran, practicing Mozart, Schubert and Bach -- "Preludes and fugues, pretty difficult stuff," as she says.Actress Golshifteh Farahani is well on her way to global fame as a Hollywood star.But her work has forced her into exile from her home country of Iran, where she believes she will never live again.By Martin Wolf Anything actress Golshifteh Farahani does can become a political issue -- what she says, where she shoots her films, with whom she works, with whom she doesn't work, whether she wears a headscarf or not.