Nader and Simin, a Separation

Year of participation 2011
Program Feature Competition

Nader and Simin, a Separation
Producer(s) Negar Eskandarfar
Director(s) Asghar Farhadi
Script Asghar Farhadi
Director of Photography Mahmood Kalari
Music by Sattar Oraki
Sound Reza Narimizadeh
Edit Hayedeh Safiyari
Cast Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Babak Karimi, Merila Zarei

Production company(-ies) Produktion Asghar Farhadi 2220, 7th St. Kharaz Ave. Zarafshan Ave. Lot 4 Shahrak-e Cars IR-Tehran Tel.: +98 21 88081592 Weltvertrieb Memento Films/Nasrine Medard de Chardon, DreamLab 9 Cité Paradis F-75010 Paris Tel.: +33 1 53349020


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 (Berlin IFF, 2011), Audience Award for Best Film, Crystal Simorgh for, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography Best Sound Recorder, Diploma of Honor for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Fajr FF, 2011)

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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