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A Separation

Making Movies Matter

Jon Eig | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Movies do not have to be political in order to be successful. Film as sheer entertainment can matter.

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...

The Power of Words

Mark Baer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Within the context of family law, the following terms have been found to negatively influence people's behavior: divorce, child custody, visitation, access, sole, and primary.

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.

Hollywood's Love/Hate Relationship with Iran

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Tara Kangarlou

In a room full of stars, at a time in which the United States and Israel contemplated possible military strikes, crippling sanctions and Iran's nuclear ambitions, an Iranian man created a counter-narrative as Hollywood awarded him a Golden Globe, which he received from Madonna on stage.

Films as Choices That Change Our World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.28.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately we are what we eat, as the old saying goes, but also what we watch, read, discuss, discard and wear.

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...

Shahs of Sunset: Episode 2 and Counting

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.22.2012 | TV
Charlotte Safavi

This week I watched two very different Iranian worlds depicted in the powerful medium of film: one reality meticulously masked as fiction, one semi-fiction frivolously packaged as reality.

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.

Iran Cancels Ceremony For 'A Separation'

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities canceled a ceremony Monday in honor of the country's Oscar-winning director even though the government had hailed ...

OFF-HOLLYWOOD: The Five Best Indie Movies To See This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

The Oscars may be history, but I'm happy to report that this year's Documentary award winner and three of its Foreign Language Film nominees are now ...

Cinderella Redux at the Oscars

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 05.01.2012 | Women
Susan Celia Greenfield

The bad mother-daughter bond is an old familiar story. And I mean old. Throughout narrative history, mother characters have been evil or dead or both.

Iran Uses 'A Separation' Oscar Win To Knock Israel

AP | By NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 04.29.2012 | Entertainment

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran hailed the country's first Oscar-winning film as a triumph over arch-foe Israel on Monday after an Academy Award race with its ow...

Hollywood as Global Public Square

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment
Nathan Gardels

Unsuspectingly, Sunday night's Academy Awards turned into a kind of prism of global politics as Oscars were given out to Iranian and Pakistani films as well as to a film produced by a French director with French actors financed with French subsidies.

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.

This Is Not A Film: Just Jafar Panahi, his iPhone and the Truth

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.28.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To say that the 75-minute documentary radically changed my viewpoint on some modern-day dogmas would be an understatement and all the while managing to make me laugh, cry and relish in the wonder of Panahi's world

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...

Academy Awards 2012: Foreign Language Films

David Wallechinsky | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
David Wallechinsky

I saw 50 of the 63 films entered in the Best Foreign Language Film category and I am happy to report that this was an exceptionally good year. If no single masterpiece stood out, there were a couple dozen good films that I would recommend for film fans of various tastes.

What Happens to the Characters of A Separation After Iran Sanctions?

Maryam Zar | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Maryam Zar

Indulge for a moment, in a little imagination: It is January 2013 and the Western hemisphere's embargo on Iranian oil has begun to have an impact on the nation's economy.

WATCH: Is Divorce Dominating This Year's Oscars?

Posted 01.24.2012 | Divorce

From "Kramer vs. Kramer" to the wine-fueled misadventures of divorcee Miles in "Sideways," Oscar voters have long favored films that deal with divorce...

Iranian Flim Gets A Nomination For Best Original Screenplay

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 01.24.2012 | Home

The 2012 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning with a sad upset (no Michael Fassbender) a few happy ones ("The Tree of Life"!), and one big...

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...

Esteemed Filmmaker Hopes Iran's Golden Globe Win Will Lift Spirits

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home

TEHRAN, Iran -- One of Iran's most prominent film directors said Monday he hoped the Golden Globes award to a fellow filmmaker will help lift the spir...