Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’ has been an important film in Iranian cinema since its release in 2011. This drama not only received international acclaim but also broke new ground for Iranian films. Here are five reasons why ‘A Separation’ is essential viewing for fans of Iranian cinema.
5. ‘A Separation’ Represents the Life in Iran Authentically
‘A Separation‘ explores the life of a middle-class Iranian family while dealing with themes of marital discord, societal expectations, and generational conflicts. The film’s portrayal of these themes resonates with the realities of many in Iran. The streets of Tehran, along with its architecture, are brought to life through the film’s cinematography with a glimpse into the country’s culture and daily life.
4. It’s the Most Successful Iranian Film
With a global box office tally of over $20 million on an estimated budget of just $800,000, ‘A Separation’ stands as the most commercially successful Iranian film to date.
3. ‘A Separation’ is One of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Favorite Films
The film’s impact reaches far beyond its home country. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly said he loves ‘A Separation’ while citing Asghar Farhadi as one of the most influential directors of the past 20 years.
2. Woody Allen Considered it as the Best Film of 2011
Woody Allen, an iconic filmmaker in his own right, dubbed ‘A Separation’ as the best film of 2011. This endorsement came from a filmmaker who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay the same year.
1. The Film Marked the Firsts With its Award Winnings
‘A Separation’ is a trailblazer in the Iranian film industry, achieving several firsts in international awards. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, a first for an Iranian film. Additionally, it was the first Iranian film to win a Golden Globe, receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and a BAFTA nomination. At the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, it won the Golden Bear and two Silver Bears, marking another set of firsts for Iranian cinema.