Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip altogether. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin files for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however, she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parents’ home. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will soon come back. Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation. He hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without her husband’s knowledge. One day, Nader arrives home to find that not only has his father been left alone, he has also been tied to a table! When Razieh returns, a blazing row ensues, the tragic consequences of which not only shatter Nader’s life, but also the image his daughter Termeh has of her father.
Golden Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Reader Jury of the Berliner Morgenpost for director, Silver Bear for actors | Berlinale, Germany, 2011
Crystal Simorgh for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography Best Sound | Fajr FF, Iran, 2011
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Babak Karimi, Merila Zarei
Produktion Asghar Farhadi, Weltvertrieb Memento Films, Nasrine Medard de Chardon, DreamLab
Born 1972, Isfahan, Iran. He began making 8 mm and 16 mm films in his teens. He studied film directing at Tehran University until 1998, during which time he worked in student theatre as a playwright and director; he also wrote radio plays and directed television programmes. In 2001 he wrote the screenplay for Low Heights (directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia) and in 2003 he made his own internationally successful directorial debut, Dancing in the Dust. He received the Silver Bear for Best Director for About Elly in 2009.
Janali (1988), Radio (1989), The World of Walls (1990), The Adventures of Mr. Filmmaker (1991), The Eyes (1992), The Wire (1998), Dancing in the Dust (2003), Beautiful City (2004), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), About Elly (2009), Nader and Simin, a Separation (2011)