Asghar Farhadi (born 7 May 1972) is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. Among other awards, he has received a Golden Globe Award as well as two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film for his films A Separation (2012) and The Salesman (2017), making him one of the few directors world-wide who have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film more than once, joining such noted directors as Ingmar Bergman, Vittorio de Sica, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and René Clément as the only directors to win multiple awards in that category. Farhadi did not attend the ceremony where he won the Academy Award for The Salesman in 2017, having chosen to boycott in protest of the United States' ban on travelers from Muslim countries entering the country.
Everybody Knows dir. by Asghar Farhadi (2018, Iran) In Spanish with English subtitles
Carolina (Penélope Cruz), a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
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The Salesman dir. by Asghar Farhadi (2016, 123 min., Iran) In Persian with English subtitles
Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple's life. The Salesman is an Amazon Original Movie. Persian language film with English subtitles.
The Past dir. by Asghar Farhadi (2013, 130 min., Iran) In French and Persian with English subtitles
Upon his estranged wife’s request, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran after a four year separation to finalize their divorce so Marie (Bérénice Bejo) can marry her new boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.
A Separation dir. by Asghar Farhadi (2011, 123 min., Iran) In Persian with English subtitles
Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
About Elly dir. by Asghar Farhadi (2009, 119 min., Iran) In Persian with English subtitles
With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they catch on to the plan of Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, come back to haunt them when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.
Fireworks Wednesday dir. by Asghar Farhadi (2006, 102 min., Iran) In Persian with English subtitles
Fireworks Wednesday is a taut, suspenseful story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is hired as a maid for an affluent family in Tehran. Upon arriving she is suddenly thrust into an explosive domestic conflict. The wife is convinced her husband is having an affair (with a recently divorced woman living next door) and enlists Rouhi as a spy, to follow her husband, and confirm her suspicions. What Rouhi discovers, however, threatens not only their marriage but her own future.
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