Iranian film, Nadir and Simin (The Separation) Wins Golden Bear at 2011 Berlinale
(Berlin, Germany – February 19, 2011) - The coveted Golden Bear prize has been awarded to the Iranian film, Nadir and Simin (The Separation) at the 2011 Berlinale.
The film also garnered well-deserved Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor for its female and male ensemble teams.
Nadir and Simin was extremely well received by audiences and the press during its screenings this week and word of mouth has been very strong.
This just may be a rare year when the opinions of all elements at the Berlinale finally converge in harmony.
In the past, there has been backlash from the press as awards have been announced for films that are have not been well-reviewed. Word on the street says juries at the Berlinale are often not in touch with reality or popular opinion, that their choices are esoteric and unexplainable. Not so in 2011.
Nadir and Simin is a beautifully acted and superbly directed drama about a troubled Iranian couple, Nadir and Simin (played by Peyman Moaadi and Leila Hatami) whose lives are further complicated when their maid accuses the husband of causing the death of her unborn child. The well-crafted script evolves slowly, beginning with a simple story and tumbling into a complex web of lies and misunderstandings that topple their lives like dominos.
It is particularly notable for Nadir and Simin to win the Golden Bear this year, as the Berlinale has dedicated the 2011 Festival to the unjustly jailed Iranian filmmaker and member of the jury, Jafar Panahi.
Isabella Rosselini read a letter at the opening of the Berlinale that had been smuggled from Panahi’s jail cell.
An empty chair, which would have been Panahi’s has stood silently by during the 10 days of the festival.Continued on the next page