Detroit Film Theatre


A SEPARATION

Friday, February 24, 2012 – Sunday, March 04, 2012

(Iran/2011—directed by Asghar Farhadi)

Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film.
 

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize and acting awards for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon – a searing contemporary family drama that ingeniously morphs into a gripping thriller. Married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) manage to finally obtain coveted visas to leave Iran for a life in the United States, where Simin hopes to provide a more promising future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader isn’t comfortable abandoning his ailing father, so the couple embark on a trial separation to make their child’s new life possible. To help him care for the old man, Nader hires a deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband; almost immediately there are complications, culminating in an unexpected incident that challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame, what really happened, and what the legal and moral implications may be. Brilliant and unforgettable, A Separation was a critical sensation at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, New York Film Critics Circle. In Persian with English subtitles. (123 min.)

"One of the best films I've ever seen. Breathtaking." –Tom Long, The Detroit News 
 

“A Triumph! Tense, complex and impressive. Audiences will be swept up.” –Alissa Simon, Variety

“A remarkably poised thriller, full of surprise developments. A film of great power and subtlety.” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

"Recalling classic Hitchcock, this gripping film lifts Farhadi to the front ranks of contemporary world directors." Screen Daily 
 

"A riveting, edge-of-the-seat, rattling good film, excitingly paced and superbly edited." London Evening Standard

"Flawlessly crafted and brilliantly performed. The best picture of the year." –Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal 
 
 
 
 
Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25 at 7:00 and 9:30 PM
 
Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 and 5:00 PM
 
Friday, March 2 at 7:00 PM (This performance takes place in the DIA Lecture Hall, enter via DFT lobby on John R. The Crystal Gallery Cafe will not be open for this show.)
 
Saturday, March 3 at 4:00 & 7:00 PM (These performances take place in the DIA Lecture Hall, enter via DFT lobby on John R. The Crystal Gallery Cafe will not be open for these shows.)
 
Sunday, March 4 at 4:30 PM (This performance takes place in the DIA Lecture Hall, enter via DFT lobby on John R. The Crystal Gallery Cafe will be open following this show.
 
Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 PM  (This performance is in the DFT Auditorium, entrance on John R.. The Crystal Gallery Cafe opens at 6:30 PM)