A Separation (2011) Poster



First Iranian film to win an Oscar.
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Director Asghar Farhadi's first idea for the movie was the image of a man washing his father, who had Alzheimer's. He built the rest of the film around that scene.
The first Iranian film to receive a Golden Globe award.
The director's daughter, Sarina Farhadi, who plays Termeh, shared the Best Actress (ensemble) Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Most of the movie was shot using a handheld camera.
Director Asghar Farhadi' made a speech at the House of Cinema Film Festival in support of Iranian filmmakers who were banned from making movies, including Bahman Ghobadi and imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi. In retaliation, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance stopped filming for 10 days.
The first Iranian film nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award.
The first film to win three Bears from the Berlin International Film Festival.
In the opening credits, the two ID cards being photocopied belong to Hediyeh Tehrani and Hamid Farokhnezhad, the two actors who played a couple heading for divorce in Farhadi's previous film Chaharshanbe-soori (2006).
No background score was used in the whole movie except for the end credits.
The second Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The first was Children of Heaven (1997).
The news of winning an Oscar was mentioned only once in Iran TV.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The film was released under the name "The Separation of Nader and Simin" in Iran.
Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards (2012).
In the final scene of the film, Nader and Simin are both wearing black, alluding to the death of Nader's father.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

At the end, many viewers are confused about what actually happened to the money that drives the series of misunderstandings throughout plot. The missing money, which Nader accuses Razieh of stealing, is the same money that Simin takes to pay the movers at the very beginning of the movie.

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