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    Interview: Academy Award-winning director Asghar Farhadi on his film 'The Past'

    Less than two years after winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with A Separation, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi returns with yet another astonishing family drama. In The Past his characters are forced to come to terms with their memories and regrets as the story unfolds like ri...

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    Asghar Farhadi On Oscar Odds For 'The Past,' Iranian Filmmaking, Directing An Opera And Making An English-Language Movie

    It is a good time to be Asghar Farhadi. The Iranian director's last film, "A Separation," received acclaim all over the world, a journey that culminated with its Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. Farhadi became the first Iranian to be accorded with this honor. Later that year, he...

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    Critic's Notebook: What Does Iran's Oscar Boycott Mean For the Future of Iranian Cinema?

    After the Iranian film "A Separation" won an Oscar last year, many people eagerly awaited the country's Oscar submission for 2013. But the sudden impact of the anti-Islamic movie "The Innocence of Muslims" ruined everything.

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    Iran Boycotts 2013 Oscar Race Over Anti-Islam 'Innocence of Muslims'

    After winning the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," Iran will not be participating in the 2013 Oscar race. The country has decided to boycott the Oscars in protest of the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been linked to violent and deadly protests in the Muslim wo...

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    Emotional Love and Modern Tragedy: 8 Insights From Oscar-Winning Iranian Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi at the Zurich Film Fest

    The Academy Award-winning writer-director of "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi, dropped by Zurich over the weekend to take part in the first Master Class of the city's eighth annual film festival. (Upcoming participants include "Ocean's Eleven" producer Jerry Weintraub, "Cloud Atlas" co-writer-co-direc...

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    Why 'Weekend' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks for the Week

    This week on DVD/Blu-ray: One of the most acclaimed gay love stories ever put to film; Asghar Farhadi's critically beloved Oscar-winner; a comedy that reunites Richard Linklater with Jack Black; Dustin Lance Black's directorial debut; and an indie drama starring Josh Lucas.

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    Karlovy Vary Film Fest Review: Leila Hatami Shines In Wry, Tragicomic 'The Last Step'

    If last year’s fantastic “A Separation” put Leila Hatami on everyone’s World Cinema Movie Star radar (you’ve got one of those, right?), then “The Last Step” ("Pele Akher"), which premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and is directed by her husband, Ali Mosaffa, may be the film th...

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    Critic's Notebook: Survive the Oscars By Focusing on Small Victories

    The best way to move into Oscar recovery mode is to push beyond the obvious big moments that every glossy media outlet will regurgitate over the next few days.

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    How Did This Happen? Five Terrific Foreign Film Nominees

    Whatever you say about the Academy Awards’ most baffling choices, from the wacky grab bag of Best Picture nominees (really, who thinks Extremely Loud deserves to be there?) to the mysterioso ways of the documentary and foreign film committees, this year the foreign language nominees are, ...

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