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The Iranian screenwriter and director Asghar Farhadi’s newest film, The Past (France) 2013, is an eloquent exploration of the human condition. It includes excellent performances and cinematography. However, what is most appealing is its compassion and attention to detail as it examines the complexity of relationships not only between lovers or spouses, but also between parents  and children.


The film has already won awards and media praise. It is Iran’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the upcoming Academy Awards.

It premiers 20 December 2013 in New York and Los Angeles, then opens 27 December 2013 at the Clay Theater in San Francisco; 10 January 2014 at the Albany Twin in Albany, CA; 17 January 2014 at the Camera 3 in San Jose, CA, and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael; 31 January 2014 Nickelodeon Four in Santa Cruz; and 7 February 2014 at Summerfield Cinema in Santa Rosa.

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French Oscar Nominees

The Artist, winner of three Golden Globes, received ten nominations for both the Oscars and the Césars. Michel Hazanavicius was nominated for writing the original screenplay, directing, and co-editing the film. This black and white film with no dialogue is set in Hollywood before the advent of talkies. It pairs Jean Dujardin in the role of a declining actor with Bérénice Bejo, who plays a rising actress. Both of the principal players were nominated for Academy Awards, Dujardin for actor in a leading role and Bejo for supporting actress.

Other Oscar nominees for The Artist include Thomas Langmann, producer for best picture, Guillaume Schiffman for cinematography, Anne-Sophie Bion for film co-editing, and Ludovic Bource for original score.

Une Vie De Chat (A Cat In Paris), showcasing the work of Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, was nominated for animated feature film. It’s an exciting mystery solved by a young Parisian girl who follows her cat during the course of a single evening. It also received a César nomination for best animated film.

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