One of the best-known Iranian filmmakers, Asghar Farhadi (1972), was included by Time Magazine in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. He was 40 years old and his film A Separation had won more than 70 prizes: among them the Golden Bear and the Lex Interpretation Prize in Berlin, Oscar, Golden Globe, Cesar for Best Foreign Film.
It was his fifth feature film and he confirmed – after About Elly (2009), which made a strong impression in Berlin (Silver Bear for the Best Director) – a very special voice, a lucid filmmaker who dissects the society Iranian with exceptional acuity.
In 1998, at Teheran, he graduated with a Master’s degree in directing. The results of his years of study were already impressive: six short films, screenplays and two series for television. In 2003, he began with Dancing in the Dust, the first in a series of complex films about the subtle collisions between social classes and mentalities. These are followed, in addition to the titles already mentioned, by Les Enfants de Belle Ville (2004), La Fete du feu (2006), The Past (Best Actor Award at Cannes for Bérénice Bejo, 2013), The Client (Oscar du Best Foreign Film, Screenplay and Male Performance Award – Shahab Hosseini, Cannes 2016). This year, Todos lo Saben, with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem on the poster, had opened the Cannes Film Festival.