Nader and Simin: A Separation

  • January 20, 2012 · 8:30 PM
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A Separation (‘Jodaeiye Nader az Simin’) is arguably the most successful Iranian movie of 2011. The list of awards are long and growing. The film is the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and it is Iran’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards taking place on Feb. 26th. See the trailer here.

This is the fifth movie of 39 year old Asghar Farhadi, which builds upon the strong storyline of his previous movie Fireworks Wednesday ('Chaharshanbe-soori') as well as his engaging film editing of About Elly (‘Darbareye Elly’). A Separation is a personal journey through the Iranian society for Farhadi. Starring his own daughter it includes his childhood experiences with his own grandfather, and it is made possible by Farhadi's intimate knowledge of the various cultural realities of today's Iranian society and its different archetypes.

Speaking about this movie, “Mr. Farhadi denied that the film had any broader political significance,” New York Times quotes. The filmmaker explains that A Separation “is less a story about Iran than about a couple and ‘human problems and conditions’ and ‘the difficulties of relationships between people.” Farhadi says “there’s a difference between intentions and message. My intention was to create a story and let you interpret what it means. To me, that is more effective filmmaking than to just give a manifesto or slogans.”

This is our first bring-a-friend meetup. So go ahead and invite someone you know who may also be interested in cinematic arts. Or you can use the meetup page to invite others using Facebook or Twitter (see instructions here).

We will get together for drinks before the movie at Fuzio Bistro located at 1 Embarcadero Center at the intersection of Clay & Battery streets (Fuzio serves food as well, and is right across the theater on the promenade-level), and after head to the theater.

To join us at the meetup, RSVP yourself and friend(s).

Buy Tickets directly using the following link, choose the 9:45pm show for Friday Jan. 20th from the drop-down menu here.

P.S. The movie will have English subtitles. 

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  • Toufigh G.

    Really good movie. What a miserable life people have in Iran with all the stress and distrust.

    January 21, 2012

  • Shervin

    One of the most engaging movies I've seen in some years. Solid story and excellent acting by all cast members from the 7 year old to the 80 year old.

    Thanks Tandis, Ali and Borzoo for thinking up and organizing the group's fun and interesting events.

    January 21, 2012

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