On December 13, Fall 2011 KCET Cinema Series will conclude with A Separation. The film centers on an Iranian middle-class couple who separates and the effects that follow when the husband hires a lower-class caretaker for his father who has Alzheimer's.The film has already won numerous awards, including the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Information from Wikipedia:
Leila Hatami as Simin
Peyman Moaadi as Naader
Shahab Hosseini as Houjat
Sareh Bayat as Razieh
The concept of the film came from a number of personal experiences and abstract pictures which had been in Asghar Farhadi's mind for some time. Once he decided to make the film, about a year before it premiered, it was quickly written and financed. Farhadi described the film as the "logical development" from his previous film, About Elly. Like Farhadi's last three films, A Separation was made without any government support. The financing went without trouble much thanks to the success of About Elly. The production was granted 25,000 US dollars in support from the Motion Picture Association's APSA Academy Film Fund.
In September 2010, Farhadi was banned from making the film by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, because of an acceptance speech held during an award ceremony where he expressed support for several Iranian film personalities. Notably he had wished to see the return to Iranian cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an exiled filmmaker and Iranian opposition profile, and the imprisoned political filmmaker Jafar Panahi, both of whom had been connected to the Iranian Green Movement. The ban was lifted in the beginning of October after Farhadi claimed to have been misperceived and apologized for his remarks.
Movie Reviews & Interviews:
- 4 stars from The Guardian
- Director Asghar Farhadi: "We need the audience to think"
- The Hollwood Reporter : "Tensely involving Iranian drama"