Farhadi’s A Separation Opens in NYC and LA
I typically shy away from making broad, bold statements. And the Shortlist for the Academy Awards hasn’t even been announced, so I am definitely putting the cart ahead of the horse. But when I first watched Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation at this year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival, I felt the film was destined for the golden statuette, and for all the quintessential reasons why films end up winning the coveted Academy Award race.
Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation is a political film. Don’t let the critics who fail to mention that in their reviews convince you otherwise. Farhadi himself insists he did not make a political film and has said that his intention was to tell “a detective story without any detectives.” One where “the audience is the one in charge of solving the puzzles,” yet his words seem an understandable verbal shield for a filmmaker who desires to keep living and thriving in his native Iran, and not end up the way of Jafar Panahi — in jail, or Mohsen Makhmalbaf — in exile.
Watch the film’s trailer below and read the entire piece, which includes some thoughtful comments by readers, on the Huffington Post.
Top image courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival