"A Separation" wins best foreign language Oscar

Farhadi: "I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations"

Reuters - "A Separation" won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, becoming the first Iranian movie to win the honor. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the domestic drama focuses on a couple going through a divorce and touches on traditions, justice, and male-female relationships in modern Iran. "A Separation" was regarded as the front-runner for the foreign language Oscar after sweeping the awards circuit in Europe and the United States. It also garnered an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay >>>

"At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy," director Farhadi said while accepting the Oscar. "At a time of tug of war, intimidation and aggressions exchanged between politicians, the name of their county, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment," he added.

"A Separation" has received almost universal critical acclaim, gracing many top 10 lists for the best movies of 2011.


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by Hafez for Beginners on

and Mohammad Ala: Thanks for the translation of the speech. I loved how Farhadi didn't treat this as if his life has changed, the tears, the drama - this is an award. It's honorable. But life itself isn't wrapped up in this kind of gold-statued validation. He couldn't have been cooler.



Thanks dear expat

by Souri on

I tried to find and watch that youtube :

Honeslty, I think your husband is right :)

If you were used to see Spielberg on some other videos , you will see that this is his usual "atvar" when he is seriusly thinking about something he is hearing. Nothing ironic. I don't think so.

Thanks again for having answered my concern.


Souri jaan..

by expat on

..Watch the clip on youtube, and you will see the camera cut to Steven Speilberg just as Farhadi is talking about Iranians wanting peace.  His eyebrows were raised, with a wry smile on his face and he looked like he almost mocking him.  Maybe it's just me, but I got that impression..

Showed the clip to my husband, and he thought I was imagining things but thats definitely the impression I got. 


Search for the clip on Youtube (Farhadi oscar clip) 


dear expat

by Souri on

you said:

 "Really dignified
speech too-Steven Spielberg's expression was funny though as Farhadi
made his speech.  He looked kinda bemused..."

I was watching Oscar that night and didn't see anything regarding Spielberg. What did I miss?

I am very interested to know what are you referring to? Could you please tell the story? I will be very grateful to you.




Anonymous Observer

Can someone get Mr. Farhadi one of these things please?

by Anonymous Observer on

//www.usa.philips.com/c/beard-trimmer/16580/cat/en/#filterState0=BEARD_TRIMMERS_SU_US_CONSUMER%3Dtrue That goatie is just too bushy.  He needs to trim it.  Perhaps they should have thrown one in his Oscar gift bag. 


Really proud..

by expat on

..Well deserved victory..

I'd seen the Canadian entry (Monsieur Lazhar), and The Separation stood head and shoulders above it..

 Really dignified speech too-Steven Spielberg's expression was funny though as Farhadi made his speech.  He looked kinda bemused... 


@ Doost daram pas hastam

by Fesenjoon2 on

I've actually seen the movie. And my opinion is that it is quite average, compared to what Iranian cinema has accomplished before. If youve seen Iranian movies, you will notice that this film is a mediocre creation, as far as Iranian cinema is concerned.

But then again, Farhadi is to be congratulated. I dont want to belittle his work. I'm just saying that this award is way overdue.

Still, I agree with you and Fanoos. We are heavily underrated, when it comes to the arts and awards. For all the claims of cultural superiority, and stupid statements like "the smartest American students and scientists in the US are Iranian", we should have had a technical Nobel prize winner by now. 

But even if we did have 10 Nobel prizes and Oscars, what good is it if we have a country that has been turned into the ultimate shit hole of the world in the past 30 years? Delemoon be chee khosheh? be yek Oscar? What good is an Oscar when film makers are imprisoned in Iran? When we have no freedom? No, really. I dont think even Farhadi himself feels so ecstatic as people here do.


Ms. Doost DPH! 1 Nobel Prize + 1 Oscar are not enough to pull

by fanoos on

a nation of 80 million out of a well of 1400 years deep! I completely agree with you.


Doost daaram pas hastam

I am glad you like my name

by Doost daaram pas hastam on

FarFromHeaven I do not disagree with you. My point, however, is slightly different than yours. I feel pride for my people whenever they stand up to their oppressors. So it wasn't the good soccer game in the World Cup that made me really proud and happy, but the Iranian people's reaction that made me happy. They used it as an excuse to temporarily break the rules of the IRI.


Doost daram pas hastam.

by Farfromheaven2002 on

I like your user name very much.  My comment is not about that though!

I believe the World Cup had a positive influence on life of Iranians in Iran.  I remember when Iran won US all people including boys and girls authomatically came to streets and celebrated.  That was the first unity among "real" Iranians.  Dancing and singing and playing songs on streets were not controlable by IRI guards.  Iranians especially new generations felt the meaning of freedom for one day.  In a suppressed country every win creates a celebration in public or minds of Iranians.  They feel their true need for freedom. Please remember that in a suppressed country like Iran feelings are suppressed because they are unwillingly managed by ruling government. 

Don't Iranians need something positive about their own country?  I think Iranian achievements, who do not live in Iran, are only valuable for individual achievers.  This is a general belief, which is expected: the residing country like US made the achievers to achieve something not the Iranian gene of the individual.

Doost daaram pas hastam

I love movies

by Doost daaram pas hastam on

I love movies and "A Separation" is probably a great film and I will see it the first chance I get. But I do not share the euphoria and pride that so many of my fellow Iranians feel after it won the best Foreign Film Oscar. The same would happen if Iran were to win the World Cup. These achievements seem all too insignificant to give pride to a whole nation. We, as a people, have failed spectacularly in so many profund ways that these occurrences seem just like blips.


Thank you for the gift to all Iranians and Iran: a strong image.

by Farfromheaven2002 on

There is only one thing that could improve the future of Iranians and prevent others to torture or invade and kill Iranians.

                                      A Positive Image



Belated congratulations

by Simorgh5555 on

To cast and crew of Separation.

Leila Hatami was just divine but her outfit was too Binazr Bhutto for my liking.



by Souri on

First of all, Congratulation! As I didn't even beleive that you would be able to read Farsi, leave alone understanding the meaning of the poem :)

Joking aside,

1) dar oje dardo o gham: This is a philosophic view. It goes on the same line as Hakim Omar-Khayam and Hafez and other philospher poets of the Persia. So, I will follow them, more than your dark and pessimistic veiws. (and this is a personal matter)

2) Ey bi honaran : Yes, I was talking about you, me and all others who are living in the comfort zone and say : lengesh kon! We sit here, only to pass judgment, as soon as someone does an action, inside of Iran.  BTW, Mondela's strategy approves exactly what Farhadi is doing. This relates more to Farhadi's action than to your (and my) inaction.

3) You said Farhadi is a stealer? An ass-kisser? a dog who accidentlally jumped high?

Fine, let him be. At least this brought him on an international stage, where only the monsters of the movie industry can reach! So, in a way he brought our name to an important international stage, and for this I am forever grateful to him and his crew.


Well congrats to Farhadi

by Disenchanted on

       I am not a film critic but I know Oscar like many other Western accolades can be used as a political tool and it often is! I hardly find it coincidental that an Iranian and Israeli film were nominated the same year!

Esfand Aashena

Bahmani on a scale of 1 to 5 Separation is the least sad.

by Esfand Aashena on

You seem to change your views on why Separation is not worthy.  First, it was because it was "sad" and now it's because it's a Government film.  You need a definition for a film before you can "evaluate" it.

You seem to be closing your eyes and reading minds and padding yourself in the back!  Everyone from ALL sides are trying to benefit from this win.

Among the 5 competitors in this category, Separation was the least sad movie not to mention the other sad movies in other categories.

You're just trying to say something negative for attention.  Well good luck, I hope you get ALL the (negative) attention you deserve.     

Everything is sacred

Anonymous Observer

So whatever happened to the Zionist/Jewish controlled Hollywood

by Anonymous Observer on

demonizing Iranians?  They gave an Iranian film, made in Iran, two awards?  A Golden Globe and an Oscar?!!!

Where are you Jew-o-phobes?  Where is the  paranoid doofus who wrote this blog?


And where's Iraj Khan (f/k/a Mola Nasredeen?) who was tearing himself up here:


Let's review a sample of his comments:

"This has helped to create a negative image of themselves in some Iranians who live outside Iran. We as Iranians are as smart as and as dumb as anybody else, that's all there's to it. That's what we demand from those who portray us. BBC's report about demonization of Iranians/Persians by the Hollywood bosses is too kind (or scared) to mention the influence of the Zionist ideology ruling Hollywood."

I wonder under which rock in Gaza he's hiding right now. 



Bahmani jaan: Have you considered….

by Bavafa on

That your attitude towards Iran and Iranians may need to be changed?

And NO, no one expects you to join seeneh zani on Friday nights only not to put down Iran & Iraniansat any opportunity and expect them to be subservient to the mighty and powerful.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Reply to Souri: Nice Poem

by bahmani on

Khob hala keh maro ba Sher adab mikoni (get it?), bezar bebinam javabesh chieh:

Dar Ojeh Dard o Gham?
Bayad mokhalefat kard, bayad shekayat kard, bayad aziat kard. Na shadi! Shadi kareh khianatkarast keh mishinan to goosheh, va az poshteh divar sang mindazan.

Same goes for "...Gahi havasseh ezzat o azadi.

If by bi-honaran you mean me or those living in freedom, well I am not an artist or talented like that so your answer is "nothing". But I've been busy being a free Iranian and defending Iran from the outside. Granted this is not as brave as doing it from the inside, but I also believe in the Mandela strategy, it is more important to stay alive and be a small thorn in the side of evil, than to die quickly.

"Shirin tar az in kareh farhadi?"

OK, get ready to get real angry now. Farhadi stole the idea for his film from a documentary "divorce Iranian Style" and then made a government Fajr sanctioned movie, which required a lot of ass-kissing. So you know he's really good at it. His film surprised the world who thinks Iranians are dark skinned arabs (not fair like Simin is), and actual idiots who couldn't possibly make a decent film, because they can't seem to free themselves. Even when they try to free themselves (2009 marches). So whenever a persian-poodle does a funny trick, they laugh excitedly, throw him a treat, and ask him to do it again. It's funny and a mildly amusing trick by a dog that no one thought could ever jump that high. That's why he won.

Want Proof?

Jean Dujardin's dog will get more offers than Farhadi.

And I wish I was wrong.

To read more bahmani posts visit: //brucebahmani.blogspot.com/


Reply to EA: NO

by bahmani on

My position is I wish Iran was free AND a Farhadi would win, while representing a free Iran. You want me to change that? Can't.

This film is a government film. This is not a free Iranian film.

The fact that it won this year is because it was the better film out of less better films not because it is a great film.

Statistically though, you are right, and statistically I am wrong. Unfortunately I am free to ignore the statistics,and could be right.

Wait until this Friday's prayers to see if Khamenei gives credit to Eslam for the film's success.

So far the film has "defeated Zionism", but let's see by Friday just how far the government parades it's "Fajr Studios Production" for you.

Maybe then you'll agree that Shit has to change. Maybe.

To read more bahmani posts visit: //brucebahmani.blogspot.com/


Thanks Yolanda

by kazem0574 on


Well, if only one other foreign film such as Crouching Tiger has had more than one nomination and Oscars, its still a major achievement I'd say. ;-)

In any case its rare, and at one point earlier this year the Hollywood inner circles were even hinting "A Separation" for 4 Oscars including best director.

I hope by seeing this film the Western public see Iranian people for what they are and not what some of the media and IRI represents them to be.

Esfand Aashena

Gwyneth Paltrow worst dressed at Oscars 2012!

by Esfand Aashena on

She is wearing an Islamic garb without the veil!  She is voted worst dressed!

and she thinks otherwise!

Everything is sacred


Israelis surprised by how human Iranians are

by Fesenjoon2 on

Says an Israeli after watching the film:

“What a contrast that we see this Iranian film with such admiration, and then when we leave we think about how they want to kill us.” 


But then again, the Israeli is right: The great Imam Ruhollah al-Khomeini said: "Israel must be destroyed":



 مبارک است. در


 مبارک است.
در ضمن آقا فرید اینجا نمی آید کامنت هم نمیکند چون که فیلم اسرايیلی که رقیب فرهادی بود انتخاب نشد.
حالا فردا پس فردا در بلاگ برایتان میگوید چطور ران پال از نفوذ خود استفاده کرد که کمیته اسکار هولوکاست را منکر شود و رای به فیلم ایرانی بدهد.

I wear an Omega watch



by yolanda on

I am glad he won and I hope he wins again in the future!

I screwed up the schedule and turned on my TV at 7:00 pm local time and missed the live coverage of his acceptance speech.

I am just curious if IRI dictates his acceptance speech?

Hi! kazem0574

     Chinese language movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were nominated for 10 Oscars and won 4 Oscars!


More Persian translations courtesy of state media!

by Fesenjoon2 on


Persian translation according to Iranian media

by Fesenjoon2 on

This is a screenshot from Fars News:


and this is the news itself:


more proof that Iranian media is a full blown liar? 


Well done, excellent acceptance speech.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Looking forward to seeing the movie.  A great accomplishment and inspirational speech.  I wish him safety and worry about his safety with the mullahs and their treatment of our recognized artists.  We need to remember what mullahs are doing to Iranians and continue to demand the IRI's end and release of all artists.


“Jodaeiye Iran az din” should be his next move.

by عموجان on


Mohammad Ala

Persian translation

by Mohammad Ala on

اصغر فرهادی: ایرانیان بسیارى در سرتاسر جهان در حال تماشاى این لحظه‌اند. و گمان دارم خوشحال‌اند. نه فقط به خاطر یک جایزه‌ى مهم یا یک فیلم یا یک فیلمساز. آن‌ها خوشحال‌اند چون در روزهایى که سخن از جنگ، تهدید، و خشونت میان سیاستمداران در تبادل است نام کشورشان ایران از دریچه‌ى باشکوه فرهنگ به زبان مى‌آید.  فرهنگى غنى و کهن که زیرگرد و غبار سیاست پنهان مانده. من با افتخار این جایزه را به مردم سرزمینم تقدیم مى‌کنم. مردمى که به همه‌ى فرهنگ‌ها و تمدن‌ها احترام مى‌گذارند و از دشمنى کردن و کینه ورزیدن بیزارند