In 2006, Iranian actress, actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi was forced to flee her country of birth following a leaked tape that threatened to ruin her career. Today, her story has changed as the runaway actress has emerged the first Iranian to clinch the best actress award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
She might have rose to fame in Iran before she fled the country but the true defining and crowining moment of her career arrived at the Cannes festival for a movie that was shot in Jordan while remains on exile.
The movie that won her the award was directed by Iran-born Ali Abbasi, “Holy Spider” and is based on the true story of a serial killer in the holy city of Mashad, Iran. It follows a journalist, Rahimi, as she covers the hunt for a construction worker who was a suspect in the murder of 16 sex workers.
Winning the award “was just like a dream,” she told CNN’s Becky Anderson on Thursday.