Asghar Farhadi

Film Industry Role: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Nationality: Iranian
Major Works: A Separation (2011), The Salesman (2016), Everybody Knows (2018)
Major Awards and Nominations: Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2012, 2017)

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema when he was a teenager and started his education in filmmaking 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 the School of Dramatic Arts in Tehran University in 1998 and his Masters in Stage Direction a few years later.

Farhadi made his directorial debut, “Dance In The Dust” (2003) and a year later, “Beautiful City” (2004). His third film, “Fireworks Wednesday” (2006), won the Gold Hugo at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival. His fourth film, “About Elly” (2009), won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as Best Picture at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was also Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film competition of the Academy Awards in 2009.

His next film, “A Separation” (2011) , became an international sensation, got critical acclaim inside and outside of Iran, was awarded the Golden Bear for Best Film 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. The film also earned Asghar a nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

Made in Iran, “The Salesman” (2016) received the Best Screenwriter prize at the Cannes Film Festival and brought him the second Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

His latest work, “Everybody Knows” (2018), shot in Spain and in Spanish with a cast led by Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, premiered at this year’s edition of Cannes Film Festival. It was the opening screening and received great acclaim.