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 >

All eyes on Iranian cinema: Nader & Simin

Iranian cinema is about to get a whole lot more interesting with Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader & Simin: A separation,” which in theory should be shown here in limited release in about two months. Shot in semi-clandestinity in Tehran, "Nader & Simin" provides us with an unforgiving gaze unto a couple on the verge of separation. Nader's father is found to have Alzheimer’s disease and a ... more >