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Writer and director Asghar Farhadi had a couple award winning films to his name prior to 2011, but nothing of the notoriety that came with the release of his critically lauded examination of marital disintegration, A Separation. With his newest, he managed to rake in top prizes worldwide, from the Berlin Golden Bear to the Best Foreign Picture prize at this year’s Oscars. What makes the film so widely regarded is within this seemingly simple Iranian drama something like a facile murder mystery begins to unfold, and a surprisingly expansive moral complexity is slowly unveiled. Like a cinematic illusion, the key to Farhadi’s finely composed puzzle is in what he holds back from the audience, but to his credit, he doesn’t just rely on the payoff for narrative satisfaction.
Beginning with a confrontational office divorce, Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave the country on a soon to expire visa, »
- Jordan M. Smith
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The 2011 Iranian drama film A Separation racked up a whole lot of honors in 2012, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language film.
Set in contemporary Iran, the movie is about the dissolution of a marriage: Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) and daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) and sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents’ home but, Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. But serious complications soon ensue »
Kelsey Osgood examines the religious and cultural significance of costume design in 2012 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation (directed by Asghar Farhadi).
Perhaps for many observers, particularly those who live in liberal Western cultures, the concept of Arab and Persian religious uniform is symbolised by the simplicity of the black burqa. The pious pare down their clothing to the least colourful and individualizing garments in order to humble themselves before their God.
As generally decreed by feminist scholars, women in religiously observant societies are those most affected by sartorial limits. But like most practices viewed as wholly restrictive, the rules of modest dress for religious women and the way these women operate within this system, often illuminate more than they hide. Instead of eradicating choice, these limits highlight it; the echoes of the smallest fashion decision reverberate in costume, even for the Chasidish or Muslim female.
A Separation, 2011.
Written and Directed by Asghar Farhadi.
A married couple are faced with separation when they’re unable to agree on a difficult, life changing decision. Should they leave Iran to improve the life of their adolescent daughter, or stay in Iran and look after an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s?
The opening of A Separation sees Simin (Leila Hatami) pleading with a legal mediator / judge to be granted a divorce from her husband Nader (Peyman Moaadi), but her request is rejected by the Iranian legal authority. As Simin moves out and they begin the titular separation, she can no longer care for Nader’s house-bound father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) so Nader employs Razieh (Sareh Bayat) to look after him. I fear to give away too much by telling you anything further about the story, but I »
Iranians take to social media to praise Academy-award winning film condemned by Islamic Republic
A Separation has become the first movie ever to take an Academy Award to Iran after winning the best foreign language Oscar, prompting national celebration at a critical time in the country's history.
Millions of Iranians stayed up all night to watch the film's director, Asghar Farhadi, going up on the stage and delight his countrymen at a time when their lives are clouded with fear of war with Israel and crippling economic sanctions.
"At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy," said Farhadi, while accepting the Oscar. "At the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden »
- Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Writer/director Asghar Farhadi dedicates the award to the people of Iran.
By Tami Katzoff
Asghar Farhadi accepts Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars
Photo: Robyn Beck/ Afp/ Getty Images
"A Separation," Iran's entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, won the Oscar on Sunday night (February 26) — the first film from that country to do so. The Academy Award is just the latest for "A Separation," which has already collected a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award and many other statuettes during this awards season.
"At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us. And I imagine them to be very happy," writer/director Asghar Farhadi said as he accepted the award at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The film is also an Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay.
For those who have yet to see it, "Separation" is part family drama, part legal battle. »
Chicago – Divorce, aging parents, economics, religion and social standing can be applied to any circumstance in any modern culture. The culture in Iran may seem mysterious, but there is nothing uncommon regarding what their people go through in the Oscar nominated “A Separation.”
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and nominated for an Academy Award in the same category, “A Separation” is a universal example of how one problem can trip a wire to many problems. Viewed through the filter of the patriarchal society of Iran, those problems offer even more intensity, with the women becoming both the arbiters of the solutions and the victims of what future may result from those solutions.
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Chicago – One of the great surprises of today’s Oscar nominations was the Best Original Screenplay nod to writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.” It has already won the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and also has been nominated for the same distinction at the upcoming Academy Awards.
“A Separation” is a window into the Iranian culture, but with human emotions and reactions that are universal. The implications of a couple separating in a patriarchal society like Iran is told with a surprising verve and sensitivity, especially towards the male characters, who are also complete victims of the moral circumstance. Farhadi’s film takes on themes of class, gender relations and aging with a reality that almost makes it seem like a documentary.
Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classic
Asghar Farhadi was in Chicago the first week of the year, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It's an annual event as well as a browse that could suck up an entire weekend: Senses of Cinema's worldwide poll of… well, they're not all critics, so let's just call them friends of cinema. You'll want to scroll up and down the whole thing, but take a look, too, at the best of 2011 according to Notebook editor Daniel Kasman and contributors Celluloid Liberation Front, Christoph Huber, Olaf Möller and Dan Sallitt as well as a major presence here in the Forum and elsewhere, David Ehrenstein.
London. This is the year we'll be seeing the results of Sight & Sound's poll of more friends of cinema regarding the greatest films of all time. It happens only once every ten years and in the magazine's pages, Graham Fuller argues a mighty case for the return of Jean Vigo's L'Atalante (1934) to the top ten. The film's opening today for an extended run at BFI Southbank, »
Silent film The Artist has swept the board as it won three prizes at the London Film Critics' Circle awards.
The black-and-white picture won Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year at the ceremony, following on from its success at the Golden Globes. The director was Michel Hazanavicius and Jean Dujardin took the actor prize.
The Actress of the Year award was tied between Anna Paquin for her performance in Kenneth Lonergan's drama Margaret and Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
The latter film also saw Olivia Colman scooping The Moet & Chandon Award: British Actress of the Year for her performance, as well as for her performance in Tyrannosaurus.
"The Artist" and "A Separation" were the big winners at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, with the former sweeping Best Film, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius while the latter walked off with Best Supporting Actress for Sareh Bayat (triumphing over Vanessa Redgrave for "Coriolanus" and Jessica Chastain for "The Help"), Foreign Language Film and Screenwriter of the Year for filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Striding up on stage to collect his Best Actor award in the presence of fellow nominee Michael Fassbender, Dujardin started off his acceptance speech with, “I almost didn’t come,” before »
We’re still halfway though award season and so here comes another awards ceremony; only this one we actually care about (unlike the Golden Globes). The winners for the 2012 London Film Critics Circle Awards have been announced and thanlfully these critics actually know what they’re doing.
Michel Hazanavicius’ silent film The Artist continues its near sweep of awards this season taking home the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor prize while the Iranian drama A Separation won Best Foreign Film and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin (a film we have championed heavily here on Sound On Sight) took home The Attenborough Award. Here is the complete list of winner.
Film Of The Year
The Artist (Entertainment)
The Attenborough Award: British Film Of The Year
Foreign-language Film Of The Year
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Documentary Of The »
Michel Hazanavicius’ "The Artist" walked away with three trophies at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards last night, winning for film of the year, director and best actor (Jean Dujardin) says Variety.
Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Anna Paquin ("Margaret") tied for best actress while Michael Fassbender ("A Dangerous Method" & "Shame") scored best actor. Supporting nods went to Kenneth Branagh ("My Week with Marilyn") and Sareh Bayat ("A Separation"). Olivia Colman ("Tyrannosaur" & "The Iron Lady") and Craig Roberts ("Submarine") took home acting awards as well.
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" scored British film of the year and "Senna" best documentary. "A Separation" won best foreign film and screenplay while Andrew Haigh won breakthrough British filmmaker for "Weekend".
The news comes after the announcements of the nominees for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film & Television Awards (BAFTAs) on Tuesday.
- Garth Franklin
Jeremy Irvine Jeremy Irvine, the star of Steven Spielberg's World War I drama War Horse, arrives at the 2012 London Film Critics Awards. Irvine was a contender for Young British Performer of the Year, along with John Boyega for Attack the Block, Yasmin Paige for Submarine, Saoirse Ronan for Hanna, and the eventual winner, Craig Roberts for Submarine. [Full list of London Film Critics winners.] Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist was voted Film of the Year. The silent comedy-drama also earned Jean Dujardin the Actor of the Year Award, while Hazanavicius was the Director of the Year. Tying with The Artist's three wins was Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama A Separation, which received top honors as Foreign Language Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year (Farhadi), and Supporting Actress of the Year for Sareh Bayat. Bayat was a surprise winner, beating the likes of Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), and The Help's Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. »
- Steve Montgomery
There was a nicely timed triumph for Olvia Colman as she won the British Actress of the year for her work in The Iron Lady and, more imporantly (BAFTA – what were you thinking?) for her role in Paddy Considine’s mighty Tyrannosaur.
Asif Kapadia’s Senna was celebrated as the Best Documentary of the year and in a first for the Awards, a tie voe led to Anna Paquin and Meryl Streep sharing the Best Actresses of the year, no small triumph for #teammargaret
Here is the »
- Jon Lyus
The Oscar nominations won’t hit us until Tuesday morning, but, by this point, 2011′s awards season has provided the same few winners enough times over, to the point where we can make a good guess with our eyes closed. Just look at the list of victorious pictures for this year’s London Film Critics’ Circle and tell me it doesn’t all feel so familiar. (I can’t wait for everyone to forget The Artist by September, by the way.)
If there’s any truly unexpected choice to be found here, it’s in the Best Actress category, where Anna Paquin‘s work in Margaret ended up netting her a tie with the Oscar frontrunner, Meryl Streep. This doesn’t mean she’ll take a seat at the Kodak Theatre on February 26th, mind you, but it’s been remarkable to see this once-doomed movie rise from its own »
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Carey Mulligan, Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen's Shame Meryl Streep-Anna Paquin tie, Jean Dujardin, The Artist, A Separation: London Film Critics Winners Film of the year * The Artist (Entertainment) Drive (Icon) A Separation (Artificial Eye) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal) The Tree of Life (Fox) The Attenborough award for British film of the year The Guard (StudioCanal) Kill List (StudioCanal) Shame (Momentum) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal) * We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye) Foreign-language film of the year Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave) Poetry (Arrow) Le Quattro Volte (New Wave) * A Separation (Artificial Eye) The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé) Documentary of the year Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse) Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof) Pina (Artificial Eye) Project Nim (Icon) * Senna (Universal) directed by Asif Kapadia Director of the year Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye) * Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Entertainment) Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life »
- Steve Montgomery
Tonight saw the 32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards take place in London and, like the BAFTA nominations, The Artist was the big winner of the night – the film took home three big awards at the 32nd London Film Critics’ Circle Awards: Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year. Director Michel Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin were both at the event at BFI Southbank to collect their awards. Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin winner A Seperation also took home three awards winning Foreign Language Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year for Asghar Farhadi and Supporting Actress of the Year for Sareh Bayat. All three awards were collected on behalf of the film by executive producer Negar Eskandarfar.
The 32nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards winners in full:
Film Of The Year
The Artist (Entertainment)
Critics’ Circle Top 10 Films of 2011
1. The Artist
2. A Separation »
Kramer vs. Kramer goes Iranian with Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, a late 2011 entry that's been deservedly racking up almost every "Best Foreign Language" film award that has been dished out this season.
But A Separation is much than a tale of a man and woman in love whose marital path has come to a fork in the road; it is a dissection of modern morality, both religious and secular, and how impossible it is to live a totally principled life if you're stuck interacting with other Homo sapiens. Or, to get a little Socratic, "A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true."
The picture begins in court with divorce proceedings. Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave Iran to afford her daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) a more preferable future than her patriarchal homeland can provide. »
- Brandon Judell
Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi
A Separation is one of those multi-purpose titles that suggests many different conditions under examination in this richly textured film. The most obvious separation is the dissolution of the marriage between two main characters, Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi). Simin has a visa about to expire in forty days. Having failed to convince her husband to leave the country with her, she files for divorce and petitions the Iranian court to grant her custody of their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi), believing she can find a better life and more opportunities for the two of them outside of Iran. Simin gets the divorce but not custody of Termeh, so she moves in with her family as she prepares her departure from Iran and seeks further legal recourse to bring her daughter with her.
Termeh continues to live with Nader for the time being, »
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