The PastAbout the Film
Family secrets and domestic strife lurk under the surface of this riveting new drama from Asghar Farhadi, the writer/director of A SEPARATION, the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) travels from Iran to France at the behest of his estranged wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo, THE ARTIST) to finalize their divorce. Further escalating their immediate tension, Marie insists Ahmad stay in her home with live-in boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim, A PROPHET), and Samir’s children from his own stalled marriage. With this latest film, Farhadi cements his status as one of the world’s preeminent filmmakers.
About the Director
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Isfahan (Iran). In 2001, the doors of cinema opened up thanks to Ebrahim Hatamikia, with whom Asghar Farhadi co-wrote the script of LOW HEIGHTS (ERTEFAE PAST) (2002). Soon afterwards, he wrote and directed his first feature film, DANCING IN THE DUST (RAGHSS DAR GHOBAR) (2003). After winning the most prestigious awards at the Fajr Festival, A SEPARATION swept the awards at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear for Best Film, the Silver Bear for Best Actress for the ensemble of actresses, and the Silver Bear for Best Actor for the ensemble of actors. A SEPARATION sold worldwide and was an international smash success, unprecedented for any Iranian film. In the United States, where the film was released in December 2011, the film’s box office was on par with the most successful foreign language films ever released in the US.
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