Marjane Satrapi talks about her experience on Oscar and also her reason for making her latest movie. watch the Interview on CNN.

JAKE COYLE writes: In a humble speech amid tense times, Asghar Farhadi accepted Iran’s first Oscar for best foreign film as a chance to celebrate a culture “hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”
Writer-director Farhadi alluded to the tensions over his home country.

Amid talk of “war, intimidation and aggression” among politicians, he said, Iran is “spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.”

Ermenegildo Zegna and Escada have designed the clothes for the Oscar nominated crew of the Iranian film “A Separation,” written and directed by Asghar Farhadi.

If you want to have a glimpse of the leading actor’s (Peyman Moadi) clothes for Oscar night, watch the clip here.

Robert Faturechi from  Los Angeles Times: For all the pride the Iranian film “A Separation” has conjured among Los Angeles Persians, not every aspect of the emotionally gripping Oscar hopeful has gone over so smoothly with the city’s expats. In fact, it takes just moments for the filmmaker to alienate some of his most ardent fans here.

Bita Milanian writes: The history of Iranian cinema and Oscar hasn’t started just in past few years:

Habib Zargarpour – Best Visual Effects - TWISTER – 1996


Darius Khondji - Best Cinematography – EVITA – 1996


Hossien Amini – Best Adapted Screenplay – THE WINGS OF THE DOVE - 1997


Majid Majidi -  Best Foreign Language Film – CHILDERN OF HEAVEN – 1998


Habib Zargarpour - Best Visual Effects - THE PERFECT STORM – 2000


Shohreh Aghdashloo – Best Supporting Actress – THE HOUSE OF SAND & FOG – 2003


Kami Asgar – Best Sound Editing - APOCALYPTO – 2007


Marjane Satrapi - Best Animated Feature – PERSEPOLIS – 2008


Emud Mokhbari – Best Animated Short Film – OKTAPODI - 2009


Asghar Farhadi – Best Foreign Language Film – A SEPARATION - 2012


Asghar Farhadi – Best Original Screenplay - A SEPARATION - 2012

Iranian celebrated film “A Separation” scored Cesar award for best foreign language film in Annual Cesar Awards ceremony.

The 37th Annual Cesar Awards ceremony, presented by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques was held on February 24, 2012, at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The awards honored the best films of 2011.

Farhadi’s latest drama won the award for best foreign language film at the 69th annual Golden Globe scored Cesar award as well.

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Saeed Kamli Dehghan writes:  “It has picked up award after award, including a Golden Globe last month for the best foreign language film and the Golden Bear at last year’s Berlin film festival. And it has delighted ordinary Iranians grateful for some glory at a time when international tensions are rising and the country’s regime is ever more isolated.

But not everyone in Tehran is happy that Asghar Farhadi’s hugely successful work, “A Separation” is now a racing certainty to win an Oscar for the best foreign film at this month’s Academy Awards.”

Read the whole article here.

A Shot of Separation

Rollo Romig writes: “The Iranian film “A Separation,” written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, has been nominated for two Oscars: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay, which for a non-English film is impressive even as a nomination.”

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Western viewers of Asghar Farhadi’s A Separationmay think they can guess the circumstances. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the nation run by medieval Shi’ite clerics and a daffy, dangerous politician who denies the Holocaust and may soon have a nuclear weapon to aim at Israel. It’s the country that most Republican candidates for President say they can’t wait to bomb.

“BERLIN –The Berlin Film Festival’s red carpet could well have been painted green, the Iranian color of freedom, as Nader and Simin, A Separation from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won the 2011 Golden Bear for best film. The ensemble cast of Nader and Simin took both the best actor and best actress Silver Bears…”. Read More