Director, Writer, Producer
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972. He directs his first short at age 13 in the Youth Cinema Society and directs five others before he goes to college. He enrols at the University of Teheran in 1991 to study theatre, a choice which will have an influence on the way he makes films. He writes his master thesis on Harold Pinter and the importance of silences and pauses in the work of the dramaturge. After graduating, he studies directing at the Tarbiat Modares University in 1996. At the same time, he writes radio plays and TV series. After graduating from directing, Asghar Farhadi starts directing his own TV series including A TALE OF A CITY (DASTANE YEK SHAHR).
In 2002, he writes and directs his first feature-film DANCING IN THE DUST (RAGHSS DAR GHOBAR). The film wins the prize for Best Actor at the Moscow Film Festival and Best Screenplay and Best Director at the Asian Pacific Film Festival.
A year later, Asghar Farhadi directs BEAUTIFUL CITY (SHAHRE ZIBA) which breaks away from the codes of the cinema done at the time. The film tells the story of an 18-year-old murderer, sentenced to death, whose life rests in the hands of the victim’s family. BEAUTIFUL CITY is distributed in France in 2012 and sparks great interest in different festivals across the world. The film wins the Grand Prize at the Warsaw Film Festival.
In 2005, Asghar Farhadi directs FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (CHAHAR SHANBEH SOURI) which tells the story of an Iranian family from the point of view of their housekeeper.
Two years later, Asghar Farhadi tells the story of a group of friends leaving for vacation in Northern Iran. When one of them disappears, the whole group is left in a complex situation. ABOUT ELLY… (DARBAREYE ELLY) is screened simultaneously at the Berlin Film Festival and at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran. The film wins the Silver Bear in Berlin and the Directing Award in Teheran. ABOUT ELLY… is released in France in September 2009 and records more than 100,000 admissions.
After this success, Asghar Farhadi starts writing A SEPARATION (JODAEIYE NADER AZ SIMIN) which he directs in 2010. The film finds its audience by portraying a middle-class family in crisis eventually leading to divorce.
A SEPARATION premieres in Berlin where it is acclaimed by the press and the audience. The film wins the Golden Bear for Best Film and two Silver Bears for the cast. And that is only the beginning. The film wins more than 70 international prizes including one Golden Globe, one Oscar and one César. A SEPARATION is sold worldwide and meets unprecedented success for an Iranian film. In France, where it is screened in more than 250 cinemas, the film reaches more than one million admissions. It is released in the US in December 2011 where it becomes one of the biggest successes for a foreign language film. In 2012, Asghar Farhadi is amongst the top 100 most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine. Amongst the other prizes won by A SEPARATION: Best Foreign Language Film at the Durban International Film Festival, Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival, Best Directing at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival…
Asghar Farhadi then moves to Paris with his family to write a new script whose story will unfold outside of Iran. The main character, Ahmad, gets back to Paris to finalize his divorce with his wife, Marie. His comeback will force them to confront their past. THE PAST is released in France in May 2013 and simultaneously presented in competition at Cannes. More than a million admissions are recorded in France and THE PAST wins Best Actress in Cannes before being nominated at the Golden Globes and the César.
Asghar Farhadi comes back to Iran to shoot THE SALESMAN in 2015. The film is completed in Spring 2016 and selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Asghar Farhadi wins Best Screenplay and the main actor, Shahab Hosseini, wins Best Actor. THE SALESMAN is released in France the following fall and at the same time in Iran where it becomes Asghar Farhadi’s biggest success. In February 2017, the director wins his second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature.
A few months later, Asghar Farhadi kicks off his next project with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. EVERYBODY KNOWS is shot in Spain and in Spanish. The Argentine Ricardo Darín is also part of the cast. The film is selected in competition and as the opening film at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. It is released the day of its premiere and records more than 830,000 admissions in France.
Asghar Farhadi’s new film, A HERO (GHAHREMAN), shot in Iran, is the director’s fourth attempt to win the Golden Palm. A HERO is also the fourth film produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy and the seventh he distributes in France. The first encounter between Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Asghar Farhadi occurs in Berlin in February 2009, where Alexandre Mallet-Guy discovers ABOUT ELLY…