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Iranian actress Leila Hatami in 'A Separation'

Iranian actress Leila Hatami in 'A Separation'

Internationally-acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has been awarded at the 2012 French César Awards. Farhadi’s drama grabbed the Best Foreign Film Award of the 2012 César Awards while The Artist won the Best Picture Award of the event held on February 24, in Paris. Farhadi’s Golden Globe Award winning film also received Best Picture, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay awards of the 9th International Cinephile Society (ICS). A Separation has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Original Screenplay of the 84th Academy Awards. Many Iranian and international critics and cineastes had earlier predicted this nomination. “The movie was among the very first films nominated for the award and based on the articles published about the movie, it seems that Farhadi's film will win the prize,” said head of Iran's Farabi Cinema Foundation Amir Esfandiari. Farhadi's award-sweeper drama has hit the Canadian and the Brazilian cinemas since January 20, 2012, as scheduled earlier. The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 edition of Golden Globes. It also received the 2012 Turkish Film Critics Association Award (SIYAD) in the same category. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation. Nader and Simin: A Separation received three top awards of the Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress and the Best Screenwriter at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Awards (LCCA). The film has also been nominated for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards, a multi-cultural accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Iranian drama was awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association. It also received the 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award. Farhadi's A Separation was recently selected as the best 2011 film by Wall Street Journal and the second best film of the same year by the international film magazine, Sight and Sound. The critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar. FGP/TE