Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:
He was born on 1 January 1972 in Sedeh Khomeyni Shahr, Homayoon Shahr, Isfahan, Iran.
Father’s name: -
Mother’s name: -
Spouse: Parisa Bakhtavar
Children: Sarina and Saaghar Farhadi
Face book: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Asghar-Farhadi/54950201827
Asghar Farhadi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1972. Whilst at school he became interested in writing, drama and the cinema, took courses at the Iranian Young Cinema Society and started his career as a filmmaker by making super 8mm and 16mm films. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Film Direction from Tehran University in 1998. During his studies, he not only wrote and directed student plays, but also wrote plays for national radio and directed for television with such shows as the hit series Tale of a City. In 2001, Farhadi wrote the screenplay for Ebrahim Hatamikia’s box-office and critical success Low heights. His directorial debut was with 2003’s Dancing in the Dust. This film went on to participate in the Moscow Film Festival, where it won both the Best Leading Actor and Film Critics awards. Farhadi made his second feature film, Beautiful City, in 2004 which won the Best feature film award at the Warsaw Film Festival 2004, the India International Film Festival and Moscow’s Faces of Love Film Festival. “Chahar shanbeh souri / Fireworks Wednesday”, his third feature, award winner at the Locarno International Film Festival 2006, has also been successful in other international festivals. The film has been released in both Europe and the USA. Darbareye Elly /About Elly”, his fourth feature, won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2009 Berlinale.The film has had a worldwide impact and received excellent reviews. His latest film A Separation, premiered on 9 February 2011 at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran and received rave reviews from the Iran Society of Film Critics. It won Farhadi four awards including Best Director (for the third time after Fireworks Wednesday and About Elly). On 15 February 2011, it also played in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which earned him a Golden Bear for best film, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear. In June 2011, A Separation won the Sydney Film Prize in competition with Cannes Festival's winner The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick.
Farhadi is a graduate of Theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from Tehran University and Tarbiat Modarres University, respectively.
Occupation and Career:
Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian film director and screenwriter.
He started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Film Direction from Tehran University in 1998. During his studies, he not only wrote and directed student plays, but also wrote plays for national radio and directed for television with such shows as the hit series Tale of a City. In 2001, he debuted in professional cinema by co-writing the script for ' Low Heights' (2002) (Ertefae Past), a post Iran-Irag war chronicle of Southwest Iran, with famed war film director' Ebrahim Hatamikia. The film was met with both critical and public success. The following year, Farhadi made his directorial debut, ' Dancing in the Dust' (2003) (Raghs dar Ghobar), about a man forced to divorce his wife and go hunting snakes in the desert in order to repay his debts to his in-laws.The film earned recognition at Fajr and Moscow International Film Festivals and a year later, ' Beautiful City' (2004) (Shahr-e-Ziba), a grave work about a young man condemned to death at the age of sixteen, received awards from Fajr and Warsaw International Film Festivals. His third film, ' Fireworks Wednesday' (2006) (Chaharshambe Soori), won the Gold Hugo at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival. His fourth film, ' About Elly' (2009)) (Darbareye Elly) was called "a masterpiece" by film critic David Bordwell and won the Silver Bear for Best Director at 59th Berlin International Film Festival as well as Best Picture at Tribeca Film Festival. His most recent film, ' A Separation' (2011) (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), became a sensation. It got critical acclaim inside and outside of Iran; Roger Ebert called it 'the best picture of the year," and it was awarded the Crystal Simorgh from Fajr Film Festival, Golden Bear and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury from Berlin International Film Festival, and also won Best Foreign Language Film from The Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago and Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review, and Golden Globes. It also received nomination for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in the best 'Film Not in the English Language' category.
- A Separation (2011)
- Darbareye Elly (2009)
- Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
- Beautiful City (2006)
- Dancing in the Dust (2003)
As PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
- Tambourine (2008) Assistant Director
- A Separation (2011)
- Darbareye Elly (2009)
- Tambourine (2008)
- Beautiful City (2006)
- Dancing in the Dust (2003)
- Ertefa-e Past (2002)
- Special Jury Award for Dancing in the Dust, Fajr International Film Festival (2003)
- Best Director for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival (2003)
- Best Screenplay for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival (2003)
- Grand Prix for The Beautiful City, Warsaw International Film Festival (2004)
- Golden Peacock for The Beautiful City, International Film Festival of India (2004)
- FIPRESCI Prize for The Beautiful City, Split Film Festival (2005)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for Fireworks Wednesday, Fajr International Film Festival (2006)
- Gold Hugo for Fireworks Wednesday, Chicago International Film Festival (2006)
- Golden Lady Harimaguada for Fireworks Wednesday, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival (2007)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for About Elly, Fajr International Film Festival (2009)
- Audience Award for About Elly, Fajr International Film Festival (2009)
- Silver Bear (Best Director) for About Elly, Berlin International Film Festival (2009)
- Best Narrative Feature for About Elly, Tribeca Film Festival (2009)
- Golden Crow Pheasant for About Elly, International Film Festival of Kerala (2009)
- Best Screenplay for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009)
- Jury Grand Prize for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2009)
- Netpac Award for About Elly, Brisbane International Film Festival (2009)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival (2011)
- Crystal Simorgh (Best Screenplay) for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival (2011)
- Audience Award for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival (2011)
- Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost" for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival (2011)
- Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival (2011)
- Golden Bear for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival (2011)
- Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film A Separation, Golden Globe Awards (2012)
- The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film A Separation, Academy Awards (2012)
On the 26 February 2012, the separation became the first Iranian movie to have received an Oscar for the best foreign language film at the 84th edition of the Academy Awards. This marked Farhadi as the first Iranian to have won an Academy Award in any of the competed categories. His Oscar acceptance speech at the 84th Academy Awards, a message of peace in tens political times in his country, made him an instant hero amongst Iranians. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.
Quotes and Memoirs:
- I feel it's important to talk about the complex issues affecting us. I think it's insulting to an audience to make them sit and watch a film and then give them a message in one sentence.
- It was in the theater that I learned how it is that you can work with actors. To give an example, I have a character in the film [A Separation (2011)] who's supposed to be a religious woman. Once the script is finished, I didn't find her and say 'You're going to be a religious character. This is what you should do'. In the few months remaining before shooting she would actually turn into a religious person. I asked her to pray promptly every day, meaning five times. I asked her to wear a chador which is the traditional long veil. I asked her not to use her personal car... to restrict her rapport with any men who were not known to her. And after a while of rehearsing this way she actually started to behave like a religious person. Don't worry, as soon as the film is over, she turned back into her former self.
- Classical tragedy was the war between good and evil. We wanted evil to be defeated and good to be victorious. But the battle in modern tragedy is between good and good. And no matter which side wins, we'll still be heartbroken.
- [on how Iran could consider submitting "A Separation" (2011), which deals with marital breakup in a Muslim family, for Oscar consideration] It's not a discussion that's linear - the government is this way, the people are that way. Within the government there's diversity of thought and taste. Some among them are much more open-minded, others are very closed. Perhaps what you're asking is, given the image that we have of the government which is so hard and full of censorship, how can you make such a film? That question would be like if you ask someone living in a desert, how is it that you can live, given the heat?
- I like storytelling movies and more than that I like historical movies; and I think someday I'll definitely make a movie about the past 50 years history.
- [Award acceptance speech after receiving the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category for "A Separation" (2011) at the 84th Academy Awards] 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 a filmmaker, but, because at a time of talk of war, intimidation, and aggressions 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; the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.
- [on being asked that if not being free while making a movie can help improve the creativity in a society] I would preferring not to blame the absence of creativity on the presence of freedom.