“A Separation will become one of those enduring masterpieces watched decades from now.” – Roger Ebert
Asghar Farhadi’s most awarded and critically acclaimed film, A Separation became an international sensation upon its world premiere, winning the Golden and Silver Bears at the 61st Berlinale. It went on to win Best Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and an Oscar (the first time for an Iranian film) for Best Foreign Language Film, along with many more accolades.
Simin and Nader are at an impasse. She wants to leave Iran to find a better life for their daughter in Europe, while he wants to stay longer to look after his ailing father, who is dying of Alzheimer’s. Reluctantly they separate, unwittingly setting off a chain of events that draw them into a murky legal battle – a situation that offers no easy answers, and in which no one seems entirely free from blame.
Deftly written and grippingly paced, this nuanced drama peels back the layers of Iranian society with unerring precision and grace.