Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in the province of Isfahan in Iran, making his first 8mm and 16mm films as a teenager. His debut film, DANCING IN THE DUST – Raghs is ghobar (2003), won the Moscow International Film Festival Film Critic Award. Farhadi’s following film, THE BEAUTIFUL CITY - Shahr-e ziba (2004) was awarded Best Film at the Warsaw Film Festival, International Film Festival of India and Moscow’s Faces of Love Film Festival. His breakthrough came with ALL ABOUT ELLY - Darbareh-ye Elly (2009), for which he won a Silver Bear for Best Director. Farhadi’s most recent film A SEPARATION - Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (2011), won a Golden Bear for Best Film, a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In the Public ZURICH MASTER CLASS, Asghar Farhadi will talk about his work as an author, director and producer and the topics that interest and fascinate him. He will discuss the difficulties he has overcome to make his films in Iran. He will also tell us about his intentions behind his films and the picture he wants to paint of Iran, to those inside and outside of the country. How do his films foster the cross-cultural dialogue between West and East?