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A SEPARATION

Year 2011
Runtime 123 mins
Language Persian
Subtitles English Subtitles
Sep 22
12:00 PM Eau Claire 3
Asghar Farhadi’s Academy Award winning film that insightfully observes humans in their moments of stress, fear and anxiety.

A SEPARATION wastes no time diving into the titular material and opens with a divorce hearing between Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi). The two had originally planned to leave Iran with their daughter Termeh, played by the director’s daughter Sarina Farhadi. However, Nader cancels the trip because he doesn’t want to leave his father behind who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. This causes a rift in the couple’s relationship and Simin decides to sue for divorce. When her divorce request is rejected, she decides to move into her parents’ home while Termeh decides to stay with her father. This separation results in a remarkable sequence of events which involve another family and is heavily impacted by religious and societal situations in Iran.

This was Farhadi’s 5th feature but was the one that catapulted him into the spotlight by winning a series of awards starting with the 2011 Berlin Film Festival where the film won the top prize and swept both acting categories. A SEPARATION also perfects the razor-sharp observation of people that Farhadi started in his previous films and he enhances that by smart calculated edits forcing viewers to ponder moral questions on face value without taking sides.

Written by Sachin Gandhi

Countries

Iran
Festivals
Berlinale, Calgary International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival
Director
Asghar Farhadi
Executive Producer
Negar Eskandarfar
Producer
Asghar Farhadi
Screenwriter
Asghar Farhadi
Cinematographer
Mahmood Kalari
Editor
Hayedeh Safiyari
Cast
Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi