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Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi
File:Asghar Farhadi Cannes 2013.jpg
Born (1972-05-07) 7 May 1972 (age 48)[1]
Homāyūnshahr, Isfahan Province, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater Tarbiat Modares University
University of Tehran
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active 1997–present
Notable work A Separation
About Elly
Spouse(s) Parisa Bakhtavar
Children Sarina

Asghar Farhadi (Persian: اصغر فرهادی‎, Persian pronunciation: [æsɢæɾ ɛ fæɾhɑdiː]; born 7 May 1972) is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. For his work as a director, he has received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, among many other awards. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.

Life and career

Farhadi was born in Homāyūnshahr (Khomeyni Shahr), Province of Isfahan. He is a graduate of theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from University of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares University, respectively. Farhadi made short 8mm and 16mm films in the Isfahan branch of the Iranian Young Cinema Society, before moving on to writing plays and screenplays for IRIB. He also directed such TV series as A Tale of a City and co-wrote the screenplay for Ebrahim Hatamikia’s Low Heights. Dancing in the Dust was his feature film debut,[2] which he followed with 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 him the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 59th International Berlin Film Festival and also Best Picture at the Tribeca Film Festival. The latter film 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.[3]

His film A Separation premiered on 9 February 2011 at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran and received critical acclaim from the 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 2011, it also played in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which earned him a Golden Bear for best film, becoming the first Iranian film to win that award. 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.[4]

On 19 December 2011, Farhadi was announced as being on the jury for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, held in February 2012.[5]

On 15 January 2012, A Separation won the Golden Globe for the Best Foreign Language Film.[6]

The film was also the official Iranian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, where apart from getting nominated[7] in this category, it also received a nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category. On 26 February 2012, A Separation became the first Iranian movie to have received an Oscar for the best foreign language film at the 84th edition of the Academy Awards. This marked Farhadi as the first Iranian to have won an Academy Award in any of the competitive categories.[8] He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.[9]

His 2013 film The Past, starring Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[10] Bejo won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance in the film.[11][12]


Feature films

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
2002 Low Heights No No Yes Co-written with Ebrahim Hatamikia
2003 Dancing in the Dust Yes No Yes Co-written with Alireza Bazrafshan and Mohammad Reza Fazeli
2004 The Beautiful City Yes No Yes
2006 Fireworks Wednesday Yes No Yes Co-written with Mani Haghighi
2007 Canaan No No Yes Co-written with Mani Haghighi
2008 Tambourine No No Yes
2009 Trial on the Street No No Yes Co-written with Masoud Kimiai
2009 About Elly Yes Yes Yes
2011 A Separation Yes Yes Yes
2013 The Past Yes No Yes


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1998 The Waiter Yes Yes Yes Broadcast on IRIB TV5
1998 Doctors No No Yes Broadcast on IRIB TV3
1998 Farrokh & Faraj Residental Complex Yes No No Broadcast on IRIB TV2
1999 Youth days No No Yes Broadcast on IRIB TV5
1999 Story of a City Yes Yes Yes Broadcast on IRIB TV5
2001 Story of a City II Yes Yes Yes Broadcast on IRIB TV5


See also


  1. ^ Soureh Movie Database
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  4. ^ "2011 SFF Official Competition winner is...". News. Sydney Film Festival. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Berlinale 2012: International Jury". 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Golden Globes: 'A Separation' wins best foreign language film". 15 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  7. ^ ""A Separation" nominated for foreign-language film Oscar". Tehran Times. 25 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Ronald Grover. "Iran wins first Oscar with "A Separation". Reuters. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Academy Invites 176 to Membership". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Chang, Justin (26 May 2013). "Cannes: 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Wins Palme d' Or". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cannes: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Wins Fipresci Prize". Variety. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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