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'The Past' Director Asghar Farhadi Says Illusion That Audiences Don't Like Complication Is Hurting American Cinema (Q&A)

Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi has created one of the best screenplays of the year with "The Past," a measured domestic drama where every frame counts. In a recent Q & A with the LA Times' Mark Olsen, Farhadi, with help from a translator, discussed the film, his idiosyncratic writing process and the state of cinema today (highlights below).
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 12, 2013 1:54 PM
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WATCH: First U.S. Trailer for Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past,' Starring Berenice Bejo

The first official US trailer for Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" has arrived. Starring a Cannes-winning Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa, the drama centers on an Iranian man's return to France in light of his impending divorce, and the morally precarious situation he discovers between his former wife and her new boyfriend. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 19, 2013 1:57 PM
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Cannes: Asghar Farhadi Talks Fest Favorite 'The Past,' Starring Actress Winner Berenice Bejo

In what’s turning out to be a very strong year for the Cannes Competition, it’s hard to pick a front-runner at the festival’s midway point. As many critics rate the chances of Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s “Like Father, Like Son” (not least because of a family-ties dynamic many assume will appeal to Jury president Steven Spielberg’s sensibilities), they are also looking at previous Cannes winners the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis." And this is before the Competition entries from Steven Soderbergh, Nicolas Winding Refn, Paolo Sorrentino, Alexander Payne, Roman Polanski and Jim Jarmusch have even screened. But one man sure to be in the fray for the Palme d’Or this weekend is Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi with “The Past.”
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 20, 2013 3:34 PM
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Trailer Watch: Asghar Farhadi's Latest, 'The Past,' Stars Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim as Lovers in Turmoil

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," and now the trailer for his much-anticipated next film, "The Past" ("Le Passe"), has landed. The film stars international hot tickets Berenice Bejo ("The Artist") and Tahar Rahim ("A Prophet"), and again centers on the vagaries of long-term relationships.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 1:22 PM
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