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2004, Farabi Cinema Foundation, 101 min, Iran, Dir: Asghar Farhadi

Teenager Akbar is imprisoned and condemned to death following his conviction on a murder charge. As Akbar's 18th birthday approaches and his execution becomes inevitable, recently released burglar A'la struggles to win freedom for his friend. In Persian with English subtitles.

2011, Sony Pictures Classics, 123 min, Iran, Dir: Asghar Farhadi

In this wrenching family drama, the dissolution of an upper-middle class marriage reveals sexual, class and religious fault lines in contemporary Iran. When Simin (Leila Hatami) asks her husband Nader (Peyman Moaadi) to emigrate in search of better opportunities for their daughter, the man refuses, insisting that they stay with his invalid father. The couple separate and Nader hires Razieh to tend to his dad, but the arrival of this poor, devout and pregnant woman in the household brings serious complications. Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

"I have almost never seen a film from Iran that wasn't quiet, and Asghar Farhadi's masterpiece fits that description. Yet just beneath the quietude, this drama of marital discord expands, almost invisibly, into the most searingly organic of thrillers. A knockout." - Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

In Persian with English subtitles.

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