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The Past Le passé

Asghar Farhadi / France, Italy / 2013 / 130 min


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Following a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran at the request of his estranged French wife, Marie, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so that she can marry her new boyfriend, Samir. During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie. Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.

Best Actress Award for Bérénice Bejo at the Cannes Film Festival. (French and some Farsi spoken)

»All my stories are written in a non-linear way. They don’t go from point A to point B. I always have several stories developing simultaneously and they come together during a shared situation. (…) I did a lot of thinking about the differences. What would have been different if the story took place in Iran? In my films, the characters express themselves indirectly. It’s part of my culture but I also use it as a dramatic resource. That is less of a custom in France. Generally speaking, the French are more straightforward. So I had to adapt the development of my French characters to that new parameter, which wasn’t easy and took time in my writing process.«
- Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi
Born in 1972 in Isfahan (Iran), Farhadi graduated from the University of Tehran in 1998 with a Masters in Stage Direction. Soon afterwards he asserted himself with his first feature film, Dancing in the Dust, which went on to win some international festival awards. Unprecedented for any Iranian film, A Separation, his fifth feature film, was an international smash success that won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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