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Asghar Farhadi

Forget La La Land – Best Foreign Language Oscar Nominees Show The True Diversity Of Cinema

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.24.2017 | Entertainment
The Conversation Global

Pegah Shahbaz, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3 – USPC; Anders Marklund, Lund University; Kim Toft Hansen, Aalborg University; Lothar Mikos, F...

Major Talent Agency Cancels Oscar Party For ACLU Donation And Rally

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.09.2017 | Entertainment

The United Talent Agency announced Wednesday that it’s scrapping its Oscars party in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Instead,...

Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director Will Not Attend Awards Ceremony

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 02.01.2017 | Entertainment

In the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order targeting Muslims and refugees, Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has announced that he ...

Academy Calls Possible Effect Of Trump's Ban On Foreign Nominees 'Extremely Troubling'

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 02.01.2017 | Entertainment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, responding on Saturday to reports that filmmaker Asghar Farhadi could miss the the 89th Academy Award...

Trump's Executive Order Is Already Hurting Refugees, Muslims And Families

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting Muslims and refugees led to chaos in the hours after he signed it, as refugees and...

"Sweet Bean" and "Fireworks Wednesday": Lost and Found

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Two current films from Asia provide heartfelt, instructive pictures of relationships in the twenty-first century. No matter where we live, the lesson...

From Boston University to Army Paratrooper to The Academy Awards: Q & A with Henry Hughes

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.05.2016 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

He's fought in a war. He's been nominated for an Academy Award. He met his wife when he was 13. He's mentored by the director of Star Wars. Director H...

Leyla Bouzid's 'As I Open My Eyes': The Willpower and Emotions That Make Up a Woman

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.17.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One could argue that the only place where the revolutions of the Arab Spring have actually made a change for the better is Tunisia. The North African country has had its own issues since 2011, but perhaps Tunisia's downturn has much to do with its close proximity to terror hotbed Libya.

Negotiating with Iran and Farhadi's Films

Pico Iyer | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Pico Iyer

It's for such reasons that I wish every policy maker trying to work with Iran could school himself in Farhadi's movies and see how every new step and revelation leaves one only deeper in an ever more bewildering maze. What is gambit and what sincere, where devil's advocacy ends and genuine unexpectedness begins, is hard for anyone (even those orchestrating all the moves) ever to know.

Things Come Apart So Easily: Asghar Farhadi's About Elly

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

One of the signs that our future may turn out to be OK after all for me is watching the upward trend on the types of films that secure distribution in the U.S.

The Year Ahead: 2015 Movies Just Slightly Off the Beaten Path

Jon Eig | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

When I began reading all the "anticipated films of 2015" lists, it became pretty clear pretty quick that my own version of that list would differ greatly from most of what I was seeing.

The Past

Francis Levy | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Asghar Farhadi's The Past, currently playing at Film Forum, is a cinematic short story. While some films have the breadth of the novel, this tale of a...

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

New Year's Eve 2014 Without the Yellow Dogs!

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

My first year of living in New York was a nightmare. This was 13 years ago. I had just arrived to the U.S. after the closure of the newspaper I was working for in Tehran.

Cannes: Spielberg, Lanzmann, Borders, and Parties

Annette Insdorf | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

The first few days of the Cannes Film Festival have been marked by surprises -- whether in the shifting national identity of movies, or peace-making efforts between towering directors -- and parties that defy the rain.

Ashgar Farhadi, "The Past": Strong Contender for the Cannes Palme d'Or

Karin Badt | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

There is always one film that reminds me why make all the effort to go to Cannes: this year (so far) it is the Iranian film The Past by Asghar Farha...

Iranian Asghar Farhadi Gets Oscar & Retrospective at Lincoln Center

Brad Balfour | Posted 06.03.2012 | New York
Brad Balfour

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi manages to both enlighten and mystify. Maybe that's why he's been able to evade both the censors and jailers who polic...

Cinema As Diplomacy, Pt. 1: Oscar/Globe-Winner Asghar Farhadi Screening Series In NYC!

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

At the New York Film Festival, three instant classics of engagé cinema -- one from Egypt and two from Iran (including BFF Oscar-winner A Separation) -- quite stunningly took on the weight of history.

Iranian Cinema: Acclaimed Abroad, Under Siege at Home

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

It was momentous that an Iranian artist reflected the voice of so many Iranians at a venue as important as the Oscars, where millions of people watched his speech.

Joshua Hersh

Oscars: 'A Separation' Director Pleas For Iran To Be Seen For Its 'Glorious Culture'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.26.2012 | Entertainment

The director of the Iranian film "A Separation," which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film Sunday night, delivered a heartfelt plea for the p...

Lucas Kavner

The One Forum Iran And Israel Can Play Nice In

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 02.23.2012 | Home

On Sunday, the films "A Separation" and "Footnote" will compete against one another in the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards. Though th...

All 9 Trailers For The Foreign Language Shortlist

Posted 01.18.2012 | Home

Not an institution to be outdone by the Golden Globes, the Academy has released their shortlist for best foreign language films, and only Sunday's win...

Gazelle Emami

Will This Film Bring Iran An Oscar?

HuffingtonPost.com | Gazelle Emami | Posted 01.17.2012 | Home

Asghar Farhadi did not shake Madonna's hand when she presented him with a Golden Globe for best foreign film Sunday night. He had done just that two d...

A Night For The Golden Oldies And Foreign Newbies

Posted 01.16.2012 | Home

Hollywood's golden night kept things tame Sunday night, with only a few zings from host Ricky Gervais, who seemed ready to get in and get out, even en...

Movie Review: A Separation

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Family dynamics make for potent drama -- and few films this year have used that idea to better effect than Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, which made my 10-best list for 2011.