Iranian film wins Berlinale Golden Bear


JNN 19 Feb 2011 : Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s family drama Nader and Simin: A Separation has won the Berlinale’s Golden Bear, making history as the first Iranian movie to win the top prize at the German film festival.

Farhadi’s movie won the prestigious award for best motion picture on Saturday in Berlin, and the entire female cast and the entire male cast were awarded Silver Bears in the best actress and best actor categories.

A subtle and gripping examination of Iran’s social divide, the movie is a portrayal of a marriage in crisis. It focuses on the life of a middle class couple, Nader and Simin.

When Nader refuses to leave Iran because of the illness of his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, Simin files for divorce, but their lives spin out of control when the court rejects her divorce petition. They also have to consider the future of their only child.

The film premiered in Tehran on February 9, 2011 at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival.

Leila Hatami, Shahab Hosseini, Peyman Mo’adi, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, and Babak Karimi star in the critically acclaimed work.

Farhadi received international acclaim for his 2009 film About Elly, which won numerous awards, including the Silver Bear at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 8th Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Hungarian director Bela Tarr won the 2011 Berlinale’s Jury Grand Prix for his black-and-white movieThe Turin Horse. Tarr’s two-and-a-half-hour film relates the story of an aging farmer and his daughter, who live in a small derelict house in the countryside.

The Jury Grand Prix is considered the festival’s second most prestigious award after the coveted Golden Bear.


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