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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 02 2012 - 07:15 AM


A world class masterpiece.”

     Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“The best picture of the year!”

                                                                                Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Winner of the Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and

Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language Film


Debuts on Blu-ray and DVD August 21st


Culver City, CA (June 25, 2012) – A SEPARATION, one of the most honored films of the past year, taking home the Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language film, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD August 21st.  A SEPARATION was written, directed and produced by Asghar Farhadi, who was also Oscar®-nominated for his screenplay. Special features will include commentary with Farhadi, as well as two behind-the-scenes featurettes:  An Evening with Asghar Farhadi and Birth of a Director.

Farhadi calls A SEPARATION “a detective story without any detectives.  The audience is the one in charge of solving the puzzle.” Universally acclaimed, the film also won awards from the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Berlin International Film Festival, France’s César Awards and the Fajr Film Festival.


Set in contemporary Iran, A SEPARATION is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage.  Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh and sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father.  Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents’ home but Termeh decides to stay with Nader.

When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state.  However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.


  • Commentary with Director Asghar Farhadi
  • “An Evening with Asghar Farhadi”
  • “Birth of a Director”
A SEPARATION was written, directed and produced by Asghar Faradi. The film was executive produced by Negar Eskandarfar.

A SEPARATION has a run time of 123 minutes and is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material. The film is in Persian with English subtitles.

Artwork and digital clips are available for download at www.sphepublicity.com. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

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For more information about Sony Pictures Classics films and DVDs, please visit www.sonyclassics.com. The website features trailers of upcoming SPC films, high-resolution images, a DVD archive and a special "Press Only" section where press members can access materials for SPC's expansive library of films and DVDs.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/


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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   John Stockton

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Posted July 05 2012 - 10:59 PM

Thanks Ron. This film from IRAN has to be a masterpiece to be able to win the Oscar and the Golden Globe despite all the sanctions and propaganda against its nation. Looking forward to picking it up.

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Michel_Hafner


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Posted July 05 2012 - 11:59 PM

Superior film. Has been available for some time on UK BD.