About Elly (Darbareye Elly)

Dir: Asghar Farhadi (2009)

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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?

ACMI, Federation Square

Sat 8th Apr, 6:30pm

Tues 11th Apr, 6:30pm

Fri 14th Apr, 6:30pm

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Year: 2009

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

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