A Separation posted a strong result for its opening weekend, scoring the best per screen average in its Australian domestic debut this week.

The film’s totals are another triumph in what has been a very successful campaign following numerous awards wins including Best Feature Film at the 2011 APSAs and Best Foreign Language Film at both the 2012 Golden Globes and at the 84thAcademy Awards.

An MPA APSA Academy Film Fund grant in 2010 allowed Asghar Farhadi to fast track completion of his film A Separation in time for it to premiere at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. The cash grant was provided by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The film, originally titled Jodaeiye Nader az Simin, is the first completed project funded under the MPA APSA Film Fund, established in 2010 to stimulate filmmaking in the Asia Pacific region.

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