Asghar Farhadi at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
|Alma mater||Tarbiat Modares University (M.A.), University of Tehran (B.A.)|
|Occupation||Director & Screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Parisa Bakhtavar (m. 1990)|
|Children||Sarina (b. 1992)
Asghar Farhadi (Persian: اصغر فرهادی, Persian pronunciation: [æsɣæɾ fæɾhɒːdiː]; born 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 Homayoonshahr (Khomeynishahr), 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, 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.
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.
The film was also the official Iranian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, where apart from getting nominated 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. He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.
His 2013 film The Past, starring Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Bejo won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance in the film.
Filmography as director
|Year||English title||Original title||Transliteration|
|2003||Dancing in the Dust||رقص در غبار||Raghs dar ghobar|
|2004||The Beautiful City||شهر زیبا||Shahr-e ziba|
|2006||Fireworks Wednesday||چهارشنبه سوری||Chaharshanbe-soori|
|2009||About Elly||درباره الی||Darbareye Elly|
|2011||A Separation||جدایی نادر از سیمین||Jodaeiye Nader az Simin|
|2013||The Past||Le Passé|
- Special Jury Award for Dancing in the Dust, Fajr International Film Festival (2003)
- Best Director for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival (2003)
- Best Screenplay for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival (2003)
- Grand Prix for The Beautiful City, Warsaw International Film Festival (2004)
- Golden Peacock for The Beautiful City, International Film Festival of India (2004)
- FIPRESCI Prize for The Beautiful City, Split Film Festival (2005)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for Fireworks Wednesday, Fajr International Film Festival (2006)
- Gold Hugo for Fireworks Wednesday, Chicago International Film Festival (2006)
- Golden Lady Harimaguada for Fireworks Wednesday, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (2007)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for About Elly, Fajr International Film Festival (2009)
- Audience Award for About Elly, Fajr International Film Festival (2009)
- Silver Bear (Best Director) for About Elly, Berlin International Film Festival (2009)
- Best Narrative Feature for About Elly, Tribeca Film Festival (2009)
- Golden Crow Pheasant for About Elly, International Film Festival of Kerala (2009)
- Best Screenplay for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009)
- Jury Grand Prize for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009)
- Netpac Award for About Elly, Brisbane International Film Festival (2009)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival (2011)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Screenplay) for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival (2011)
- Audience Award for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival (2011)
- Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost" for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival (2011)
- Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival (2011)
- Golden Bear for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival (2011)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film A Separation, Golden Globe Awards (2012)
- Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film A Separation, Academy Awards (2012)
- Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinker (2012)
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for The Past, Cannes Film Festival (2013)
- Asghar Farhadi at the Internet Movie Database
- "2011 SFF Official Competition winner is...". News. Sydney Film Festival. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Berlinale 2012: International Jury". berlinale.de. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Golden Globes: 'A Separation' wins best foreign language film". latimes.com. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
- ""A Separation" nominated for foreign-language film Oscar". Tehran Times. 25 January 2012.
- Ronald Grover. "Iran wins first Oscar with "A Separation". Reuters. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
- "Academy Invites 176 to Membership". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "Cannes Film Festival: Awards 2013". Cannes. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- Chang, Justin (26 May 2013). "Cannes: 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Wins Palme d' Or". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Cannes: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Wins Fipresci Prize". Variety. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
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