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19TH edition 11 TO 19 NOVEMBER 2022

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Asghar Farhadi

Director

Iran

November 17, 2022

Biographie

Multi-award-winning director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi was born in Iran in 1972. He started his education in filmmaking as a teenager when he joined the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a master’s degree in stage direction, Farhadi made his feature directorial debut with Dance in the Dust (2003). His third feature, Fireworks Wednesday (2006), won the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, while About Elly (2009) won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival.
His next film, A Separation (2011), was a sensation, winning critical acclaim and a plethora of awards worldwide, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making Farhadi the first Iranian filmmaker to win an Oscar. He went on to make further notable films, including The Past (2013), The Salesman (2016), which gave him his second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Everybody Knows (2018) and A Hero (2021).
Multi-award-winning director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi was born in Iran in 1972. He started his education in filmmaking as a teenager when he joined the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a master’s degree in stage direction, Farhadi made his feature directorial debut with Dance in the Dust (2003). His third feature, Fireworks Wednesday (2006), won the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, while About Elly (2009) won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival.
His next film, A Separation (2011), was a sensation, winning critical acclaim and a plethora of awards worldwide, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making Farhadi the first Iranian filmmaker to win an Oscar. He went on to make further notable films, including The Past (2013), The Salesman (2016), which gave him his second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Everybody Knows (2018) and A Hero (2021).

Selected filmography

A Hero (Ghahreman, 2021)—Chalais Award, Festival de Cannes Achievement in Directing, Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben, 2018)
The Salesman (Forushande, 2016)—Best Screenplay , Best Screenwriter, Asian Film Awards
The Past (2013)—Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin, 2011) – Best Foreign Film , Prix César Awards; Golden Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury ; Special Jury Award Best Film , Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Best Director, Best Screenwriter Asian Film Awards
About Elly (Darbareye Elly, 2009)—Silver Bear
Berlinale; Best Screenplay, Jury Grand Prize, Asia
Pacific Screen Awards
Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori,
2006)
Beautiful City (Shahr-e ziba, 2004)
Dance in the Dust (Raghs dar ghobar,
2003)
Dastane yek shahr (TV; 2000–2001)