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Cinema Talks > 2016 Winter (Season 10)

Cine Club 9 November 2016

: About Elly (2009)

Director: Asghar Farhady (Iran)
Language: Persian (
English S/T)
Duration: 1 hr 59 min
Key Actors: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti

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Synopsis: (from LA Times)

"About Elly" is not a new film from Farhadi. In fact, it's been  five years since it won him the Silver Bear for best director at the  Berlin International Film Festival. Rights issues have kept it from U.S.  release until now, but this terrific ensemble piece has lost none of  its power, its impressive ability to put viewers in an emotional vise  and keep them there.

Like "A Separation," "About Elly" is a  picture of life in a sector of Iranian society we don't often see. We  are in the realm of the educated middle class, where women wear  fashionable jeans along with their hijabs and screaming imprecations  against imperialists has given way to renting vacation villas on the  Caspian Sea.
"About Elly" involves its players, young professionals  who have been friends since university, in a compelling interpersonal  story that manages to be specifically Iranian and broadly universal. It  examines the way the small evasions of truth that are the  well-intentioned currency of everyday life play out in devastating ways  when situations get unexpectedly extreme.

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Asghar Farhady (Adapted from IMDB)

Wikipedia (Click Here)

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema  in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the  Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm  short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of  Tehran's School of Dramatic Arts in 1998 and his Masters in Stage  Direction from Tarbiat Modarres University a few years later. During  these formative years, Farhadi made six shorts and two TV series for  Iran's National Broadcasting Corporation (IRIB) of which "A Tale of a  City" is most noteworthy.

In 2001, he debuted in professional cinema by co-writing the script for Low Heights (2002) (Ertefae Past), a post-911 political farce chronicle of Southwest Iran, with famed war film director, Ebrahim Hatamikia. The film was met with both critical and public success. The following year, Farhadi made his directorial debut, Dancing in the Dust  (2003) (Raghs dar Ghobar), about a man forced to divorce his wife and  go hunting snakes in the desert in order to repay his debts to his  in-laws. The film earned recognition at Fajr and Moscow International  Film Festivals and a year later, Beautiful City  (2004) (Shahr-e-Ziba), a grave work about a young man condemned to  death at the age of sixteen, received awards from Fajr and Warsaw  International Film Festivals. His third film, Fireworks Wednesday (2006) (Chaharshambe Soori), won the Gold Hugo at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival. His fourth film, About Elly  (2009) (Darbareye Elly) was called "a masterpiece" by film critic David  Bordwell and won the Silver Bear for Best Director at 59th Berlin  International Film Festival as well as Best Picture at Tribeca Film  Festival. It was also Iran's official submission for the Foreign  Language Film competition of Academy Awards in 2009. His most recent  film, A Separation (2011) (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), became a sensation. It got critical  acclaim inside and outside of Iran; Roger Ebert called it "the best  picture of the year," and it was awarded the Crystal Simorgh from Fajr  Film Festival, Golden Bear and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury from Berlin  International Film Festival, and also won Best Foreign Language Film  from The Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago and Los Angeles Film  Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of  Review, Golden Globes, César Award, Independent Spirit Award, and  ultimately the Academy Award in the 'Best Foreign Language Film of the  Year,' making him the first Iranian filmmaker ever to win an Oscar. His  Oscar acceptance speech at the 84th Academy Awards, a message of peace  in tens political times in his country, made him an instant hero amongst  Iranians. His film also received nomination for the British Academy of  Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in the best 'Film Not in the  English Language' category and for an Academy Award in the 'Best  Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen' category. A few  days after receiving an Oscar, Farhadi signed with the United Talent  Agency (UTA).

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