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Asghar Farhadi

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."

'The Past' Is A Soaring Follow-Up To 'The Separation'

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 12.17.2013 | Entertainment

Asghar Farhadi's domestic drama "The Past" follows his exceptional, Oscar-winning "A Separation" and his very fine "About Elly." Farhadi is a hugely t...

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.

Iran Reopens Film Group

AP | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities say a prominent center for filmmakers and artists can reopen, more than 20 months after it was closed by hard...

Race For Coveted Cannes Honor Wide Open

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment

CANNES, France — After two weeks, 20 films and parade after parade down the red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival has not produced a clear-cut fr...

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...

Cannes Favorites Return To Festival

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 07.19.2013 | Entertainment

CANNES, France — The magic and glamour of Cannes can be hard to spot on a day when rain is lashing the palm trees, roiling the gray Mediterranea...

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.

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 ...

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...

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...

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.

Why A Separation Will Win This Year's Best Foreign Language Oscar

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

A Separation is not the story of a couple falling out of love, but a commentary on a society that has already lost its direction, and only lives in the opposing, inhuman corners of right and wrong.

Berlin Film Festival: The World in Upheaval

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

One way for us to travel and experience what our fellow human beings are going through, is through cinema. And the Berlinale film highlights these kinds of films better than the Oscars or Golden Globes.