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16 January 2012 - 14:07

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's family drama Nader and Simin, A Separation has won the award for best foreign language film at the Golden Globes.

The prize-magnet flick was awarded during a ceremony in Beverly Hills on Sunday night at the Golden Globe, the top awards show after the Oscars.

Farhadi's movie beat The Flowers of War from China, Belgian movie The Kid with Bike (Le Gamin au Velo), The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito) by Spanish veteran Pedro Almodovar, and In the Land of Blood and Honey from Bosnia-Herzegovina by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

 
The most successful Iranian feature film in recent years revolves around the story of Simin, a middle class Iranian woman who wants to leave the country, taking her husband Nader and their young daughter in the hope of a better life. Nader refuses to leave since he wants to care for his old father who is suffering from Alzheimer. The course of events leads to a dispute which ends up in family court. 
'Nader and Simin: A Separation' was first premiered at the competition section of Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) in February when it was praised both by the viewers and critics at the festival and won the prestigious Golden Bear of the festival as the best film. The cast of the film also received the best actor/actress award at the Berlinale.
Since then 'A Separation' has participated in almost 30 film festivals and has garnered several awards. The film was already a hit this summer in France, where it attracted 900,000 moviegoers. 
Moreover, the prominent British film magazine Sight & Sound, selected the Iranian drama second best film of 2011 after ‘The Tree of Life’ written and directed by Terrence Malick.
Farhadi's film has been already selected as the best foreign film by the national board of film criticism of Chicago Critics Association, The New York Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics of New York, The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, The South East US Film Critics Association and was given the best screenplay award by The Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
As a result, seems that the ground is provided for 'A Separation' to compete and even win at the Academy Awards 2012 in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. However a survey on the history of this category reveals that the attitude of voters in this section toward the films is at times different from those of the film critics.

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