Project Description

A Separation

Sydney Premiere | 2012

Director's Biography
Director's Biography
Asghar Farhadi was born on 1 January 1972. He 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. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.


Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip altogether. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to sue for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however, she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parents’ home. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will soon come back to live with them.Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation – not least because it turns out to be so time-consuming. And so he hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without her husband’s knowledge. One day, Nader arrives home to find that not only has his father been left alone, he has also been tied to a table! When Razieh returns, a blazing row ensues, the tragic consequences of which not only shatter Nader’s life, but also the image his daughter Termeh has of her father.


  • Winner of Best Foreign film Oscars 2012
  • Goldener Bär, Berlinale 2011: bester Film
  • Silberner Bär, Berlinale 2011: beste Schauspielerinnen
  • Silberner Bär, Berlinale 2011: beste Schauspieler
  • Berlinale 2011: Preis der ökumenischen Jury
  • Berlinale 2011: Lobende Erwähnung der Friedensfilmpreisjury.
  • Fajr International Film Festival Teheran 2011:
  • Publikumspreis, bester Film, beste Kamera, bester Regisseur, bestes Drehbuch, bester Ton, beste Nebenschauspielerin, bester Nebenschauspieler
  • Sydney International Filmfestival: Bester Film
  • Eriwan International Filmfestival: Bester Film

Production Team

Asghar Farhadi
123 min
Persian with English Subtitles
Premiere Status 
Asghar Farhadi, Negar Eskandarfar
Mahmoud Kalari
Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Babak Karimi

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