Asghar Farhadi: “I proudly offer this award to the people of my country”

I would like to thank the Academy and Sony Pictures Classics and my dear friends Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. 

[speaks in Farsi] 

At this time many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker, but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. 

I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much.

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More about the film:
Godfrey Cheshire on A Separation in a recent edition of Film Comment
From the NYFF, a spotlight article on A Separation.

Pictured above:
Asghar Farhadi last night at the Hollywood and Highland Center, in Hollywood. Photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.
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