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"A Separation" won the 2012 Oscar for best foreign language film, becoming the first Iranian movie to win the honor.

farhadi wins Oscars

Iranian director Asghar Fardahi wining the Oscars is a huge success for him and the Iranian cinema community. He is the first Iranian director ever wining an Oscar.

A separation 2012 oscar

Farhadi gave this great speech after receiving the Oscar for the best foreign language movie:
"At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country Iran is spoken here through her glorious culture. A rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country. A people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment."

asghar farhadi won oscar

Jodai Nader az Simin, A Separation, is a 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi. The film is the story of an Iranian middle-class couple who separate, and the intrigues which follow when the husband hires a lower-class caretaker for his elderly father.

A Separation received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear. It won 69th Golden Globe Awards Best Foreign Language Film. The film is also the official Iranian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards where it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Farhadi was born in Khomeynishahr, Province of Isfahan. He is a graduate of Theater, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from Tehran University and Tarbiat Modarres University.