UK distributor Artificial Eye has set a July 22 release date for Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Bear winner Nader and Simin, A Separation.
Farhadi’s fifth feature is the first Iranian film to win Berlin’s top prize. The social and family drama set in modern Iran stars Peyman Moaadi and Leila Hatami (who both won Silver Bears in Berlin).
As previously reported, Artificial Eye’s other Berlin buys were Bela Tarr’s Jury Grand Prix winner The Turin Horse from Films Boutique; Gianni Di Gregorio’s Salt of Life from Fandango Portobello [now set for release August 12]; and, in the market, Ferroukhi’s Free Men from Pyramide and Steven R Monroe’s Jabberwocky from American World Pictures.
Ahead of Berlin, Artificial Eye acquired Wim Wenders’ 3D dance film Pina from HanWay.
Artificial Eye MD Louisa Dent said: “We are proud to be distributing Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, deserved recipient of this year’s Golden Bear, and equally excited to be working on new projects from Béla Tarr and Gianni Di Gregorio, both of whom we have worked with in the past. In addition we look forward to releasing Free Men, sure to be a highlight of the forthcoming festival circuit.”