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The 22 Oscar Nominations We'd Most Like To See Tomorrow (But Probably Won't)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 15, 2014 2:08 PM
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20 Oscar Nominations, we'd love to see, 2014
We're a little under 24 hours away from the arrival of the 2014 Oscar nominations: tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST, Chris Hemsworth will drag his space viking physique out of bed to join Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in reading out the nominations. We made our predictions yesterday, and as you've seen, many of the categories are still in flux, with the potential for lots of shocks and surprises to follow tomorrow morning.

Review: Asghar Farhadi's Mature, Complex & Impressive 'The Past' Starring Berenice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 5:30 PM
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The Past
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. It's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything.

Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Talks 'The Past,' What Awards Recognition Means To Him & His Next Project

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • December 18, 2013 12:10 PM
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The Past Berenice Bejo Asghar Farhadi
Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi‘s work has been quietly stunning audiences for almost a decade. His last three films—”Fireworks Wednesday,” “About Elly“ and ”A Separation“—racked up festival accolades from Berlin to Tribeca to Sydney, with the latter film going on to win both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. (“A Separation” also received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, a rare international coup.) Farhadi’s latest film, Golden Globe nominee “The Past (Le Passé),” has also been selected as Iran’s submission to the 2014 Oscar race (nominations will be announced on January 16th).

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Powerful 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 1:30 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Named this summer as one of our Best Films Of 2013...So Far, a Cannes winner for Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) along with an Ecumenical Jury prize for director Asghar Farhadi, it may have been a quiet for the past few months, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally starting to run with "The Past." And this first trailer gives you all you need to know as you add it your must-see list before the end of the year.

Sony Pick Up Cannes Hit 'The Past,' Sundance Selects Take The Dardennes' Marion Cotillard-Starring Next Project

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 20, 2013 4:30 PM
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With every major festival that arrives there’s more chances for hopeful filmmakers to ink deals that would put their films in front of paying audiences, so of course with the Cannes Film Festival in full swing there’s a whole smorgasbord of distribution news.

Cannes Review: Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' A Mostly Powerful Look At The Messiness Of Stasis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2013 6:28 AM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
When "The Past" opens, we see a couple communicating through a thick pane of glass at an airport. They can't hear each other, but through gestures and mouthed words, they can get the gist of what the other is saying, but between them is an immovable object that prevents a full understanding of what they mean to say. And it's an apt visual metaphor with which "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's opens his latest film, a picture that finds four lives thrown into turmoil over hidden feelings, confused emotions and a dark secret that could change everything

Cannes: New Photos From Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' Starring Berenice Bejo; 'Blood Ties' & 'Jimmy P'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 4:56 PM
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The Past, Asghar Farhadi, Bérénice Bejo
Yes, the goodies from the Cannes Film Festival keep coming today. Earlier we had new snaps from "Only God Forgives," "The Bling Ring," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska" and come pics from a few more movies looking to grab some attention in the south of France. So let's get to it:

Watch: Subtitled Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Cannes Entry 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2013 9:37 AM
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A couple weeks ago, the first trailer for "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's followup "The Past" dropped but sans English subtitles for those of us who don't speak French. Well, with the Cannes Film Festival lineup dropping and confirming Farhadi's expected slot in Competition, the English-subtitled trailer is here, and yes, this looks pretty strong indeed.

Watch: First Trailer For 'A Separation' Director Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2013 10:49 AM
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The summer movie season may be heading into full swing, but with the Cannes Film Festival about six weeks away, we're going to be getting a bit arthouse on you from time to time, and this weekend brings with it a fresh look at a movie highly expected to reach the Croisette.

'The Artist' Star Berenice Bejo Makes 'The Choice,' Plus First Look At Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 18, 2012 3:42 PM
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A little over a year ago Berenice Bejo would probably have been best known to international audiences for her small role in the excellent Heath Ledger film “A Knight’s Tale.” But having swept just about every awards ceremony earlier this year, “The Artist” catapulted her and co-star Jean Dujardin into the limelight. Of the two it always seemed more likely that Dujardin would make the transition to Hollywood roles, and he wasted little time in lining up parts in Marty Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men.” Bejo meanwhile has most notably picked up a role alongside her phenomenally talented compatriot Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi’s (“A Separation”) next project, “The Past” (more on that in a second).

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