‘Nader and Simin: A Separation’ Iranian film wins Berlin Golden Bear Awards 2011

By on Feb 20, 2011 in Entertainment, Europe, Movies Comments

Berlin, Germany – Iranian drama film ‘Nader and Simin: A Separation’ won as the best film for the Golden Bear Awards 2011 at the 61st Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, and is the first Iranian film to win the award, according to international news sites on Sunday.

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi
Photo Credit: Luo Huanhuan/Xinhua

‘Nader and Simin: A Separation’, (“Jodaeiye Nader az Simin”), a movie directed by Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, is a story about a troubled marriage and highlighted the gap between middle class Iranians and the poorer ones, which also won other major awards.

The film’s actress ensemble led by Leila Hatami and the actor ensemble led by Peyman Moaadi won the best actress and best actor awards respectively, and received the Silver Bear award.

However, the best director award went to Ulrich Koehler of Germany for the film “Schlafkrankheit”. (Sleeping Sickness)

Nevertheless, Asghar Farhadi went to the stage to receive the Golden Bear Awards, who won best director at Berlin two years ago for his film ‘About Elly‘.

“I never would have thought that I would win this prize.” Farhadi said on his speech, who dedicated the award to fellow Iranian film maker Jafar Panahi.

Panahi is now in jail, after being sentenced to six years on charges of anti-government activity. He was also banned from film-making, and not allowed to travel for 20 years.

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