280 Great Directors: Asghar Farhadi

“I feel it’s important to talk about the complex issues affecting us. I think it’s insulting to an audience to make them sit and watch a film and then give them a message in one sentence.”

Why This Director?
: The biggest name to come out of Iran lately and I still haven’t seen anything? Yikes.

My Last Experience Was…: N/A

What Did I Watch: A Separation.

Where Does He Fit: One of the rare cases of a film having a better English language title than its original one, A Separation is pretty much a model of screenwriting. The cast is perfect, their roles are deeply complicated humans dealing with their own objectives in a way that is constantly surrounded by the nightmarish situation in modern Iran…I could go on and on, but this lives up to the hype. Judgment is not an easy thing to unleash once you have all the details in a situation full of morally grey people. Don’t hold off like I did, watch it right now.


Most Valuable Asset: His writing of people.
Most Excited For: About Elly.

Coming Up Next: Fellow humanist Lukas Moodysson.


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