A Separation SOLDOUT
World Cinema

Separation, A

(Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)

Year 2011
Runtime 123 mins
Language Persian
Subtitles Farsi with English Subtitles
Canadian Premiere

North America doesn’t have a monopoly on the ending of unhappy marriages, or in the complications they bring. In A SEPARATION, writer-director Ashgar Farhadi confronts audiences with a domestic drama mired in both the pain of a separation and in the religious strictures of Iranian society.

Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) are a middle-class couple who have reached an impasse – Simin wants to leave the country with their 11-year-old daughter, Termeh (Sarina Farhadi, but Nader insists that he must stay in order to care for his Alzheimer-afflicted father. Not allowed a divorce by the presiding judge, the two separate instead, leaving Nader to hire Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a lower-class worker, to care for his father. But with a heavily pregnant Razieh not having obtained her husband’s expressed permission, and the implications of working for a man who is essentially without a wife, the situation soon escalates beyond anyone’s control.

A powerful portrait of domestic strife in a culture ruled by restriction, A SEPARATION won the Golden Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, the festival’s highest award.


Winner Golden Berlin Bear International Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2011
Winner Silver Berlin Bear, Best Actor & Best Actress, Berlin International Film Festival 2011
Winner Official Competition Award, Sydney Film Festival 2011
Winner Best Film, Yerevan International Film Festival 2011
Winner Best Film, Pula Film Festival 2011
Berlin Film Festival 2011
Asghar Farhadi
Executive Producer
Negar Eskandarfar
Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
Mahmoud Kalari
Hayedeh Safiyari
Production Design
Keyvan Moghaddam
Sattar Oraki
Peyman Moaadi
Leila Hatami
Sareh Bayat