A Separation (2011)
Starring: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Merila Zarei
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Rating - PG
The stand-out film of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Golden Bear, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film boasts a range of superb performances from the ensemble cast who collectively received the Silver Bears for both Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlinale. The compelling narrative is driven by a taut and finely written script rooted in the particular of Iranian society but which transcends its setting to create a stunning morality play with universal resonance. When his wife (Leila Hatami) leaves him, Nader (Peyman Moadi) hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to take care of his suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). But he doesn't know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband's (Shahab Hosseini) permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations.
A Separation was the first Iranian film to be awarded the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Doors - 17:45/Film - 18:15
|Divorce Iranian Style (1998)|
Directors: Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Rating - U
A fly-on-the-wall look at the workings of an Iranian divorce court, this humorous, intimate, moving window into three Iranian women’s lives reveals the skills they employ to navigate marital law.
It follows Jamileh who is beaten by her husband, 16-year-old Ziba who is trying to divorce her 38-year-old husband, and Maryam, desperately fighting for custody of her daughters. Showcasing the resilience, ingenuity and guile they use to confront a biased legal system and an obstructive administrative maze as well as their husbands and families, directors Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini (author of Marriage On Trial: A Study Of Islamic Family Law) turn their cameras on the court and let the story tell itself. Challenging perceptions of Iranian women as passive victims, the film is a fascinating, subtle look at women’s lives and the country they live in, one that remains a mystery to many.
Doors - 20:00/Film - 20:35
Tickets - £8.50 (or £7 concessions) for both films, or £5/£3.50 for single tickets