Iran on Monday rejected as "biased and political" last week's award at Cannes for a film about a serial killer who targeted sex workers in an Iranian Shiite shrine city.
Iranian Zar Amir Ebrahimi won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday for her performance in the film "Holy Spider", directed by Danish-Iranian Ali Abbassi.
The Cinema Organisation of Iran, affiliated with the culture ministry, lashed out at the decision, accusing the festival of "committing a biased and political act by praising a false and disgusting film".
The film presents "a distorted image of Iranian society and openly insults the beliefs of Shiites", the organisation said in an official statement.
It said the film "follows the same path as Salman Rushdie in 'The Satanic Verses,'" in reference to the Booker Prize-winning British-American novelist of Indian descent.
Iran's former supreme ruler Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had in 1989 called Rushdie's work "blasphemous" and issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for the author's murder.
"Holy Spider" is inspired by the true story of a working-class man who killed sex workers in the early 2000s and became known as the "Spider Killer".
Its star Ebrahimi began her career in Iran, but it was derailed when a sex tape was leaked online in 2006 allegedly of her and her boyfriend.