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MovieGlobe: Iranian Farhadi at Cannes 2013

This article is based on a Facebook post by Amal Mustafa

"The Past", a movie by Iranian movie maker Farhadi is one of the most powerful movies to be seen this year 2013. Farhadi's "A Separation" had won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Movie in 2012 after a fierce competition with the Israeli movie "Footnote". Farhadi went on to win the Golden Globe Award for that year and more. He was announced as one of the hundred most influential people in the last ten years!


The carefully written script for "The Past" is accurately executed for each sequence to tell a layered story that invokes unanswered questions. The film is an analysis of the self, psychologically and existentially, which makes it utterly beautiful and spiritual.
It bears a closeness in style to Farhadi's award-winning "A Separation" but differs from it in the subject matter, in cinematography and in the language of dialogue.  
Throughout the movie, you feel totally absorbed and drawn into being part of it. You only regain your self at the end of the movie.

Director Farhadi Launching His Movie At Cannes 2013

Berenice Bejo
The Results of Cannes Festival 2013
  • Best Movie (Blue Is The Warmest Color) by Abdellatif KECHICHE
  • Best Actor: Bruce Dern in (Nebraska).
  • Best Actress: Berenice Bejo* in (The Past)*.
  • Grand Prix: (Inside Llewyn Davis) by Ethan & Joel Coen.
  • Best Director: Amat Escalante for (Heli).
  • Ecumenical Jury Prize: Le Passe/The Past* by:  Asghar Farhadi*.
  • Jury Prize – Omar by Hany Abu-Assad.
The Past (2013), France, 130 min.
Genre: Drama. PG.
Cast: Ali Mosaffa, Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim 
Director: Asghar Farhadi

* * * * *

Farhadi's "A Separation"  2011

A Separation 2011

A Separation 2011, Iran. 122 min.
Genre: Drama. PG.
Written & Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farha.


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