Industries & Festivals — January 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

Iranian movie nominated for “Best Foreign Film by Danish National Association of Film Critics”

Iranian feature film “Nader and Simin, a Separation” directed by Asghar Farhadi was nominated as the Best Foreign Film by Danish National Association of Film Critics, according to Iranian news sources.

Farhadi’s film which scored the Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay Awards in American National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), New York, also won the Golden Bear for the Best Feature Film and Two Silver Bears for the Best Casts in Berlin International Film Festival.

The latest project of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is Iran’s representative for Academy Awards 2012.

The film was made without any government support. The production was granted 25,000 US dollars in support from the Motion Picture Association’s APSA Academy Film Fund. Total budget of the film was 500,000 according to Wikipedia. Click here to read the synopsis for “Nader and Simin, a Separation”.

In September 2010, Farhadi was banned from making the film by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, because of an acceptance speech held during an award ceremony where he expressed support for several Iranian film personalities.

Notably he had wished to see the return to Iranian cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an exiled filmmaker and Iranian opposition profile, and the imprisoned political filmmaker Jafar Panahi, both of whom had been connected to the Iranian Green Movement. The ban was lifted in the beginning of October after Farhadi claimed to have been misperceived and apologized for his remarks.

The film premiered on 9 February 2011 at the 29th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran. Six days later it played in Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.

Farhadi’s feature film which won the Grand Award for the Best Film in Saint Petersburg Festival in Russia, received Croatian festival award as well.

The Bodil Awards are the major Danish film awards given by Denmark’s National Association of Film Critics. The awards are presented annually at a ceremony in the Imperial Cinema in Copenhagen. Established in 1948, its one of the oldest film awards in Europe.

The awards are given without regard to commercial interests or box-office sales, but rather to highlight the films or actors that the critics regard as most worthy.

Denmark’s National Association of Film Critics has announced the nominations for the 65th annual awards and “Nader and Simin, a Separation” nominated for best foreign film.

The ceremony for the 65th Bodil-Awards will take place on Saturday, March 3 at the Bremen Theatre in Copenhagen.

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