Berlinale

Nader and Simin, A Separation

Synopsis
Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip together.
As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to sue for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parent’s home. Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation. And so he hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without the 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 cable! 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.


World premiere
Fajr Film Festival Iran, January 2011

Theatrical release in Germany
July 14, 2011

Festivals & Awards (selection)
Berlin International Film Festival 2011 (Golden Berlin Bear)
Sydney Film Festival 2011 (Official Competition Award Best Film)
Saint Petersburg IFF 2011 (Grand Prix Best Film)
Durban International Film Festival 2011 (Best Film)
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival

Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film 2012

Iran 2011
Director/Producer: Asghar Farhadi
German distributor: Alamode Films
World Sales: Mémento Films International

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in June 2011
Distribution funding: 7,500 €