A Separation

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Iran, 2011 - Color -123’ - In Iranian with French and Arabic subtitles
With Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini

Asghar Farhadi
Mahmood Kalari
Hayedeh Safiyari
Sattar Oraki
Produced by :
Negar Eskandarfar ,Asghar Farhadi
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimers.

Director biography


Farhadi was born in Khomeynishahr, Province of Isfahan. He is a graduate of Theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from Tehran University and Tarbiat Modarres University. Farhadi made short 8mm and 16mm films in Isfahan branch of Iranian Young Cinema Society before moving on to writing plays and screenplays for IRIB. He also directed such TV series as the popular A Tale of a City and co-wrote the screenplay of Ebrahim Hatamikia’s Low Heights. Dancing in the Dust was his feature film debut,which he followed with the critically acclaimed A Beautiful City.

His third film, Fireworks Wednesday won the Gold Hugo at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival. His fourth film, About Elly won the Silver Bear for Best Director at 59th International Berlin Film Festival as well as Best Picture at Tribeca Film Festival. It is about a group of Iranians who take a trip to the Caspian Sea that turns tragic. Famous film theorist and film critic David Bordwell has called About Elly a masterpiece.

His latest film Nader and Simin, A Separation premiered on 9 February 2011 at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran and received rave reviews from Iran Society of Film Critics. It won Farhadi four awards including Best Director (for the third time after Fireworks Wednesday and About Elly). On 15 February it also played in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival which finally earned him Golden Bear for best film becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear. In June 2011, A Separation won the Sydney Film Prize in competition with Cannes Festival’s winner The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick



The Burning
2011 :
Une Separation
2009 :
A propos d’Elly
2007 :
La Fete du Feu

festival & award


Oscar Academy Awards 2012, Best foreign language film

César 2012, Meilleur Film étranger

Golden Globes 2012 : Best foreign language film

London critics Film Circle 2012: Foreign language film of the year, screenwriter of the year and supporting actress of the year

Berlin International Film Festival 2011: Golden Berlin Bear, Silver Berlin Bear for best actor and best actress

British independant Film Awards 2011: Best Foreign Independent Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011: Best Foreign Language Film

San Sebastian International Film Festival 2011: TVE Otra Mirada Award

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