CANNES FESTIVAL – Asghar Farhadi’s “A HERO”

This film is competing for the Palme D'Or

CANNES, France - Ethics and civility are not synonymous with honor but it’s generally understood, by most, that if you adhere to an ethical and civil conduct in life, honor will naturally flow from it. The idea of honor endures more or less overtly in Iranian society, and Asghar Farhadi’s new film “A Hero” thrives on it as leitmotif. The honor of one man, a painter calligrapher, crushed by debt ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL (DAY ONE): Farhadi Lite opens the Cannes Festival, Edouard Baer delivers euphoric ceremony opener

Last night’s opening ceremony, which was shown to the press corps via simulcast in the Debussy theater, was pure joy, especially if you speak French. French film and theater actor Edouard Baer emceed the event with ironic bonhomie and a piano player who accompanied him as he delivered a spoken-word-style love letter to cinema and to humanity at large. With Anna Karina, the actress from “Pierrot le ... more >


Asghar Farhadi’s new film TODOS LOS SABEN (“Everybody knows”) to open Cannes Fest.

Film will run in competition

Asghar Farhadi's eighth film was shot entirely on location in Spain. Laura (Penelope Cruz) lives with her husband (played by Javier Bardem) and their children in Buenos Aires. When they return together to her native village in Spain for a family event, the trip gets derailed after unexpected events bring secrets out into the open. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them are all ... more >

Asghar Farhadi’s ABOUT ELLY to finally get released here

(from affiliate Iranian Film Daily) - “About Elly,” which stars Golshifteh Farahani (pictured) is finally getting a stateside limited release, well after the fact. Let’s remember that the year of release for this film is 2009. That’s six long years during which theater-going Americans were deprived of this slow-burning drama surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a woman vacationing at the ... more >


This is the first time Farhadi competes in Cannes

Stories, whether in film or in literature, generally follow an arc. Things happen to a character or characters that we judge and like or dislike according to their personalities and their choices; situations develop, conversations take place, a certain point is reached, and there is a conclusion. In an Asghar Farhadi film (winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for “A Separation,”) only ... more >

A Separation

Iran's entry for best foreign film at the Oscars
Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat
Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Nader and Simin: A Separation by Asghar Farhadi is the Iran-made candidate for Best Foreign Picture at the Academy Awards. Not only is it a superb film with nary a wasted shot, but actors Leila Hatami and Peyman Maadi (they won the Best Actor awards at the last Berlin Film Festival) give three-dimensional, wholly believable performances as the two sides of an acrimonious couple going through a ... more >

Iranian cinema shines again with “Nader and Simin: A separation”

Iranian film gathers speed on Euro fest circuit
Peyman Moaadi and Leila Hatami
Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Get ready for the Iranian hurricane. “Nader and Simin: A Separation” has been riding on a wave of positive buzz ever since Smackdown in Berlin Persian-style--“Separation” won for Best Movie and Best Actor, male and female, at the last Berlinale Festival. It was quite the coup. This second film by director Asghar Farhadi (pictured, below right), whose 2009 film "About Elly" already received ... more >