Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, A Seperation (2011) an Iranian film was about a middle-class couple who separate, the disappointment and desperation suffered by their daughter due to the egotistical disputes and separation of her parents, and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower class caretaker for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease!
It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.
FeaturingLeila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shabab Hossseini, Sareh Bayat, and Sarina Farhadi in the lead roles, It received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear.
It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay.
Simple on a narrative level yet morally, psychologically and socially complex, it succeeds in bringing Iranian society into focus for in a way few other films have done.
It grossed worldwide over $24 million on an estimated budget of $800,000, making it a box-office success!