Director, Film Producer, Screen Writer
Asghar Farhadi, born 7 May 1972, is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. He as a director has received many national and international awards such as Crystal Simorgh of Fajr International Film Festival; Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; and Golden Bear of Berlin International Film Festival. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.
Farhadi was born in Homayounshahr (Khomeini Shahr), Province of Isfahan. He was graduated from Tehran University with a BA in Dramatic Arts major in theatre and from Tarbiat Modares University with a MA in Stage Direction. Farhadi, before moving on to writing screenplays, started to make short films, 8mm and 16mm, in the Iranian Young Cinema Society of the Isfahan branch. He also directed TV series such as A Tale of a City (Dastane yek Shahr) and co-wrote the screenplay for Ebrahim Hatamikia's Low Heights (Ertefae Past). His feature film debut was Dancing in the Dust (Raghs dar Ghobar), and was followed with Beautiful City (Shahr-e-Ziba), which both brought Farhadi recognition and won him awards at National and International Film Festivals.
Fireworks Wednesday (Chahrshanbeh Souri), the third feature film of Farhadi, won the Gold Hugo at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival. His fourth film, About Elly (Darbareye Elly), won him the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 59th International Berlin Film Festival and also Best Picture at the Tribeca Film Festival.
His film Nader and Simin, A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), widely known as "A Separation", premiered at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran, on 9 February 2011, and received critical acclaim 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 that award. In June 2011, A Separation won the Sydney Film.
On 15 January 2012, A Separation won the Golden Globe for the Best Foreign Language Film. A Separation was also the official Iranian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, where apart from getting nominated in this category, it also received a nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category.
Farhadi was a member of the jury for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, held in February 2012.
On 26 February 2012, A 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. Asghar Farhadi is the first Iranian to have won an Academy Award in any of the competitive categories.
Farhadi's 2013 film The Past, starring Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Bérénice Bejo won the Best Actress Award at Cannes for her performance in the Farhadi's film.
His 2016 film The Salesman, starring Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and won two Awards Best Actor and Best Screenplay Award for Farhadi. The Salesman was nominated for the Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards and won the Oscar in 2017.
2016 - The Salesman, Director, Producer and Writer
2013 - The Past, Director and Writer
2011 - A Separation, Director, Producer and Writer
2009 - About Elly, Director, Producer and Writer
2009 - Trial on the Street, Writer (Co-written with Masoud Kimiai)
2008 - Tambourine, Writer
2007 - Canaan, Writer (Co-written with Mani Haghighi)
2006 - Fireworks Wednesday, Director and Writer (Co-written with Mani Haghighi)
2004 - Beautiful City, Director and Writer
2003 - Dancing in the Dust, Director and Writer (Co-written with Alireza Bazrafshan and Mohammad Reza Fazeli)
2002 - Low Heights, Writer (Co-written with Ebrahim Hatamikia)
Best Foreign Language Film The Salesman, 89th Academy Awards, 2017
Best Screenplay Award for The Salesman, Cannes Film Festival, 2016
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for The Past, Cannes Film Festival, 2013
Best Foreign Language Film A Separation, 84th Academy Awards, 2012
Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film A Separation, Golden Globe Awards, 2012
Golden Bear 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
Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost" for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Berlin International Film Festival, 2011
Audience Award 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
Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for Nader and Simin, A Separation, Fajr International Film Festival, 2011
Netpac Award for About Elly, Brisbane International Film Festival, 2009
Jury Grand Prize for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2009
Best Screenplay for About Elly, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 2009
Golden Crow Pheasant for About Elly, International Film Festival of Kerala, 2009
Best Narrative Feature for About Elly, Tribeca Film Festival, 2009
Silver Bear (Best Director) for About Elly, Berlin International Film Festival, 2009
Audience Award for About Elly, Fajr International Film Festival, 2009
Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for About Elly, Fajr International Film Festival, 2009
Golden Lady Harimaguada for Fireworks Wednesday, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, 2007
Gold Hugo for Fireworks Wednesday, Chicago International Film Festival, 2006
Crystal Simorgh (Best Director) for Fireworks Wednesday, Fajr International Film Festival, 2006
FIPRESCI Prize for Beautiful City, Split Film Festival, 2005
Golden Peacock for Beautiful City, International Film Festival of India, 2004
Grand Prix for Beautiful City, Warsaw International Film Festival, 2004
Best Screenplay for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival, 2003
Best Director for Dancing in the Dust, Asia Pacific Film Festival, 2003
Special Jury Award for Dancing in the Dust, Fajr International Film Festival, 2003