Iranian Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi

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Asghar Farhadi's 2011 drama, A Separation, is about an urban middle-class couple in Iran who reach a point of painful dissolution. The movie won Farhadi an Oscar and earned him international acclaim. His follow-up is The Past, which explores some similar themes -- unhappy relationships, an impending divorce and children caught up in the drama. Shot in France, the movie is largely in French with some Farsi. Farhadi talks with Kim Masters about how he had a translator shadow his every move and translate his every word on set. He describes the process of working in the Iranian film industry and how filmmakers know how to work around the censorship system to make their art. Finally, he laments that Americans and Iranians -- who he finds so similar -- don't have greater understanding of each other.






Kim Masters