Asghar Farhadi’s Iran

Farhadi's Fireworks Wednesday
Farhadi's About Elly
Farhadi's Beautiful City
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Introducing our Farhadi programme

“Farhadi is a scorchingly good director. He's also an important one, politically speaking: after a run of Iranian films that presented the country's inhabitants as essentially medieval, Farhadi draws attention to those comfortable liberals who wear Nike tops and carry Louis Vuitton bags.” — Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Year:
Country: Iran
Running time: 416 mins

On a recent visit to Tehran as a guest of the Fajr Film Festival my conversations with local filmmakers and cinephiles yielded consensus about one thing only: Asghar Farhadi is Iran’s preeminent working filmmaker. Then the arguments begin: which is Farhadi’s best film? For many it is not necessarily A Separation, the electrifying marital drama that won an Oscar and gained widespread international distribution. Amongst the women I met his previous film About Elly has just as many fans, probably more. The riveting Fireworks Wednesday, which plays out many of the themes of A Separation on a larger canvas, has persuasive champions too.

Seen in total, his four previous films provide an encompassing gaze into the realities of life – and the choices to be made – in contemporary Iran, from the margins of the working class to the relative comforts of the bourgeoisie. His genius lies in unfolding intricate dramas of personal and social conflict while never settling for a closed-off reading of any character or point of view. His characters’ assumptions about one another are constantly being contested, and ours with them. An attentive, responsive director of actors from the start, his mastery of tension and suspense has grown with each new film. (Ophidiophobics should approach Dancing in the Dust with caution.) 

We are delighted to present this overdue catch-up. Although widely acclaimed at key international festivals, these earlier films have proven stubbornly unavailable to us until now. About Elly has some Rialto Channel dates, but it’s his most elegantly cinematic work, amply warranting our big screen outing. Our thanks to ACMI (Melbourne) and Farabi Cinema Foundation (Tehran) for all their assistance. — Bill Gosden

“Farhadi is a scorchingly good director. He's also an important one, politically speaking: after a run of Iranian films that presented the country's inhabitants as essentially medieval, Farhadi draws attention to those comfortable liberals who wear Nike tops and carry Louis Vuitton bags.” — Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday

"[The selection of films] confirm my sense that Farhadi is one of the most exciting directors now working. If you can only see one of his films, make it Fireworks Wednesday. But if you can - get to all of them." – David Larsen, NZ Listener

The Lumiére Reader's Tim Wong reviews the Farhadi director programme screening at NZIFF Autumn Events. Read his article online here. 

Click on each film title for session times and more information about each film:

About Elly
Darbareye Elly | Iran | 2009 | 116 minutes 

Beautiful City
Shah-re ziba | Iran | 2004 | 101 minutes

Dancing in the Dust
Raghs dar ghobar | Iran | 2003 | 95 minutes

Fireworks Wednesday
Chaharshanbeh suri | Iran | 2006 | 104 minutes