Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2011

Nomination Detail

Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh.

She has already made all the necessary arrangements. But Nader decides to call off the trip. He is having second thoughts about leaving his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to divorce him. However, the family court refuses to grant the divorce. Simin moves into her parents’ house. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will change her mind. Nader hires a young woman, Razieh, to look after his father. Unbeknownst to Nader, Razieh is pregnant, and has accepted the job without her unstable husband’s knowledge. Before long, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies, manipulation and public confrontations.


Asghar Farhadi graduated with a master’s degree in film direction from Tehran University in 1998. While still a student, he wrote and directed several student plays, wrote for the national radio and directed a number of TV series, including episodes of Tale of a City. Farhadi wrote the screenplay for Low Heights (2001) and has directed several awardwinning films, including Dancing in the Dust (2003), Beautiful City (2004), and Fireworks Wednesday (2006). In 2009 Farhadi won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival for About Elly (2009) and the 2009 APSA for Best Screenplay and Jury Grand Prize.


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