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Asghar Farhadi

Date of Birth: 1972Isfahan, Iran

Short Biography: Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of Dramatic Arts in 1998 and his Masters in Stage Direction from Tarbiat Modarres University a few years later. During these formative years, Farhadi made six shorts and two TV series for Iran's National Broadcasting Corporation (IRIB) of which "A Tale of a City" is most noteworthy.

In 2001, he debuted in professional cinema by co-writing the script for Low Heights (2002) (Ertefae Past), a post-911 political farce chronicle of Southwest Iran, with famed war film director, Ebrahim Hatamikia. The film was met with both critical and public success. The following year, Farhadi made his directorial debut, Dancing in the Dust (2003) (Raghs dar Ghobar), about a man forced to divorce his wife and go hunting snakes in the desert in order to repay his debts to his in-laws. The film earned recognition at Fajr and Moscow International Film Festivals and a year later, Beautiful City (2004) (Shahr-e-Ziba), a grave work about a young man condemned to death at the age of sixteen, received awards from Fajr and Warsaw International Film Festivals. His third film, Fireworks Wednesday (2006) (Chaharshambe Soori), won the Gold Hugo at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival. His fourth film, About Elly (2009) (Darbareye Elly) was called "a masterpiece" by film critic David Bordwell and won the Silver Bear for Best Director at 59th Berlin International Film Festival as well as Best Picture at Tribeca Film Festival. It was also Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film competition of Academy Awards in 2009. His most recent film, A Separation (2011) (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), became a sensation. It got critical acclaim inside and outside of Iran; Roger Ebert called it "the best picture of the year," and it was awarded the Crystal Simorgh from Fajr Film Festival, Golden Bear and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury from Berlin International Film Festival, and also won Best Foreign Language Film from The Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago and Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, Golden Globes, César Award, Independent Spirit Award, and ultimately the Academy Award in the 'Best Foreign Language Film of the Year,' making him the first Iranian filmmaker ever to win an Oscar. His Oscar acceptance speech at the 84th Academy Awards, a message of peace in tens political times in his country, made him an instant hero amongst Iranians. His film also received nomination for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in the best 'Film Not in the English Language' category and for an Academy Award in the 'Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen' category. A few days after receiving an Oscar, Farhadi signed with the United Talent Agency (UTA).

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Todos lo saben (2018)

# 15146 IMDb R 

Todos lo saben (2018)

(Everybody Knows)

TaglineA family. A kidnapping. A mystery

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller (2h 12min)

Spain Spain, France France, Italy Italy

Rated 7.1 after 7,333 votes, 66% postive reviews on 29-Dec-18.

20 nominations

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Forushande (2016)

# 13360 IMDb

Forushande (2016)

(The Salesman)

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Drama, Thriller (2h 05min)

Iran Iran, France France

Rated 7.8 after 41,762 votes, 85% postive reviews on 01-Jul-19.

Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 24 nominations

Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of ill repute having many clients, they settle down. By a nasty turn of events one of the clients pays a visit to the (...)

Le passé (2013)

# 11112 IMDb

Le passé (2013)

(The Past)

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Drama, Mystery (2h 10min)

France France, Italy Italy

Rated 7.8 after 39,531 votes, 85% postive reviews on 29-Sep-18.

12 wins & 34 nominations

Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the (...)

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011)

# 08917 IMDb TOP250 #114

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011)

(A Separation)

TaglineUgly truth, sweet lies...

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Drama (2h 03min)

Iran Iran

Rated 8.3 after 191,944 votes, 95% postive reviews on 27-Feb-19.

Won Oscar. Another 56 wins & 26 nominations

Nader (Peyman Moaadi)and Simin (Leila Hatami) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her (...)

Darbareye Elly (2009)

# 12289 IMDb

Darbareye Elly (2009)

(About Elly)

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Drama, Mystery (1h 59min)

Iran Iran, France France

Rated 8.0 after 36,343 votes, 87% postive reviews on 29-Dec-18.

13 wins & 8 nominations

A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been (...)

Chaharshanbe-soori (2006)

# 13339 IMDb

Chaharshanbe-soori (2006)

(Fireworks Wednesday)

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Drama, Mystery, Romance (1h 42min)

Iran Iran

Rated 7.8 after 8,160 votes, 84% postive reviews on 21-Feb-19.

7 wins & 5 nominations

On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young women sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife's (...)

Shah-re ziba (2004)

# 13942 IMDb

Shah-re ziba (2004)

(The Beautiful City)

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Drama (1h 41min)

Iran Iran

Rated 7.8 after 3,987 votes, 69% postive reviews on 05-Oct-18.

5 wins

Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death...

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