Winner of Both Academy Award and Golden Globe

for Best Foreign Language Film



Cork Cine Club presents A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) on Thursday 19 April at 8pm in the Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork.  This tightly structured, emotionally astute film is the first-ever Iranian film to win an Academy Award, gaining that honour for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.  It also nabbed the Golden Globe in the same category and has been the toast of critics and festivals across the world.

Set in contemporary Iran, an unhappily married couple break up in this complex, painful, fascinating drama, with explosive results that expose a network of personal and social fault lines.  A portrait of a fractured relationship and an examination of theocracy, domestic rule and the politics of sex and class, A Separation reveals a pervasive sadness that seems to well up through the asphalt and the brickwork.

With great power and subtlety, Director Asghar Farhadi transforms an ugly family quarrel that erupts over the care of a father with Alzheimer’s, into a contemporary tragedy.

The Associated Press states that “movies with this kind of moral complexity are rare, so not only is it worth seeking out, it’s one you need to see with friends because it invites — or rather demands — debate afterward.”

Farhadi, who works and lives in Iran, made A Separation under Iranian censors who impose strictures on filmmakers in the name of Islamic morality and national morale, though he has said he was not confronted with censorship.

“a landmark film….no way will you be able to get it out of your head – Rolling Stone

“the miracle of A Separation is that it doesn’t spare any of its characters, nor does it seek to indict them…a democratic portrait of a theocratic world” – The New Yorker

“In the guise of a whodunit, Farhadi paints a nuanced portrait of Iranian society that, seen through our Western eyes, looks at once utterly alien and strikingly familiar.” – Globe and Mail

Director: Asghar Farhadi.  Iran, 2010.  123 minutes.  Cert: CLUB.  Language: Farsi (subtitled).

Tickets: €8.50 (€7 concession) are sold at the door.

The final film in Cork Cine Club’s Season Six is Potiche, Thu 26 April (France 2010.)  A complete schedule, reviews and trailers are posted on the Cork Cine Club facebook page.

Cork Cine Club’s gives local audiences the chance to see a range of world cinema not usually available on commercial cinema screens.  It is supported by Access Cinema, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.

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