“A Separation” is the first Iranian movie to get the honour. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, is about a married couple faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimers.
“A Separation” has been sweeping the awards circuit in Europe and the United States. It was the second Iranian film to be nominated for an Oscar and the first to win.
“At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy,” director Farhadi said while accepting the Oscar.
“At a time of tug of war, intimidation and aggressions exchanged between politicians, the name of their county, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”
“I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment,” he added.
Farhadi, who works and lives in Iran, has been reluctant to entertain theories that his film is a parable for the struggles between Iran’s young dissidents and its paternalistic mullahs, saying it is up to audiences to take from the movie what they will.
The film has appeared on numerous critics’ top one film to see list for 2011
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
– Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
– Mike D’Angelo, Freelance
– Nathaniel Rogers, The Film Experience
– Kristy Pushko, The Film Stage
– A. A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
Leila Hatami – Simin
Peyman Moaadi – Nader
Shahab Hosseini – Hodjat
Sareh Bayat – Razieh
Sarina Farhadi – Termeh
Babak Karimi – Judge
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi – Nader’s Father
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh – Simin’s Mother
Kimia Hosseini – Somayeh
Merila Zarei – Ms. Ghahraei
Asghar Farhadi – Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Negar Eskandarfar – Executive Producer
Habib Majidi – Still Photographer
Hamid Reza Ghorbani – First Assistant Director
Hassan Mostafavi – Production Manager
Hayedeh Sayifari – Editor
Keyvan Moghadam – Costume Designer
Keyvan Moghaddam – Art Director
Mahmoud Kalari – Cinematographer
Mehrdad Mirkiani – Makeup Designer
Mohammad Sammakbashi – Production Sound Mixer
Mohammad-Reza Delpak – Sound/Sound Designer
Reza Narimizadeh – Sound Editor