WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY, GRAND JURY PRIZE, ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2009
WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009
WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SOUND, FAJR FILM FESTIVAL 2009
WINNER: JURY AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE, TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2009
2012’s Oscar winner for best foreign language film, “A Separation” introduced a phenomenal new talent to the world in director Asghar Farhadi. The good news is that Farhadi has been making quietly brilliant cinema for over a decade. And these films are slowly making their way onto a wider stage.
2009’s About Elly is a perfect case in point. A group of friends leave Tehran for a long weekend on the Caspian Sea. A young nursery teacher named Elly is invited along to join the good friends and family. The reason is soon made apparent. She’s being set-up with a recently divorced man.
What seems simple on the surface rarely is in a Farhadi film, and over an easy-going holiday, tensions rise until a crisis point is triggered, and Elly goes missing. A mystery develops and as the drama heightens, Farhadi zooms in on the issues inherent in truth, lies, and the places in between. What is the truth About Elly?
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Director: Asghar Farhadi
Language: Persian (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 119 min
Rating: PG (Mild themes, violence and course language)
“Outstanding…superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense, this is film-making of a high order.”
- Philip French, The Observer
★★★★ “A really absorbing picture, powerfully acted, disturbing and suspenseful. Anyone who admired A Separation will want to see it…a fascinating psychological drama.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"It's an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere."
- Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle