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Asghar Farhadi, Iran

Asghar Farhadi, Iran

Already known in critics circles for his film, About Elly, director Asghar Farhadi blazed onto the world cinema stage this year with his drama A Separation, nabbing Iran's first Oscar win. Political tensions between Iran and the United States and other nations melted away as the intense film, which grapples with class, choices and consequences, gripped viewers far from Farhadi's homeland.

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