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"BEAUTIFUL CITY"" (Shahre Ziba)

Director & Scriptwriter: Asghar Farhadi
Director of Photography: Ali Loghmani
Sound : Hassan Zahedi
Sound & Mix: Masood Behnam
Editor: Shahrzad Pooya
Music: Hamidreza Sadri
Cast: Faramarz Gharibian, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Ansari, Ahoo Kheradmand
Production Company: Neshane Ltd.
Producer: Iraj Taghipoor
102 min, Color, 35mm, 2004

Akbar has been held in a rehabilitation center for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was sentenced to death. Legally, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the sentence could be carried out. Now, a day after his 18th birthday, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. Akbar’s sister and his friend,Ala are his only hope to convince his plaintiff to stop the execution…


Born in 1972, Asghar Farhadi is a graduate of Theatre from Tehran University (BA) and Tarbiat  Modarres (MA).He made several 8mm and 16mm for "Iranian Young Cinema Society".
Consequently, he wrote plays and screenplays for Iranian television and also directed many popular TV series including "A TALE OF A CITY". Dancing in the Dust, his first feature film received many prizes in national film festival (Fajr) and was successful in many international film festivals, too. Beautiful City is his second film which was the,starting point of his successful career. Now with his latest films such as About Elly and "A Separation" (which took away the Golden Bear of Berlin Film Festival for best Director) brought him to the  A list directors who is well- known worldwide.


  • Fireworks Wednesday
  • About Elly
  • Nader and Simin, A Separation
  • Feature
  • Feature
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  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2011

  • Montreal Film Festival (26 Aug – 6 Sep 2004/ Canada)
  • Umea Int'l Film Festival (16 – 22 Sep 2004/ Sweden)
  • Int'l F.F for Children and Young Audience in Chemnitz (4 – 10 Oct 2004/ Germany)
  • Warsaw Int'l Film Festival (7 – 18 Oct 2004/ Poland)
    Winner of the Best Feature Film
  • Festival Cinema Tout Ecran (21 Oct – 7 Nov 2004/ Switzerland)
    Winner of The Egli Prize
  • Gene Siskel Film Festival ( 1 – 31 Oct 2004/ USA)
  • Sao Paulo Film Festival (20 Oct – 4 Nov 2004/ Brazil)
  • Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (12 Nov 2004 – 30 Jan 2005/ USA)
  • International Film Festival in India (29 Nov – 2 Dec 2004/ India)
    Winner of the Best Feature Film and the Best Actor
  • Bangkok Int'l Film Festival (2005/ Thailand)
  • Pune Int'l Film Festival (2005/ India)
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival (2005/ Netherlands)
  • Portland Int'l Film Festival (2005/ USA)
  • UCLA Film Festival (2005/ USA)
  • Festival Int'l Faces of Love (2005/ Russia)
    Winner of the Grand-Prix "Golden Arrow" for Best Film
  • Amnesty International Film Festival (2005/ Netherlands)
  • Nat Film Festival (2005/ Norway)
  • The Back Lot Fest Foundation (2005/ Netherlands)
  • Stockholm Film Festival (2005/ Sweden)
  • Verona Int'l Film Festival (2005/ Italy)
  • DC Washington Int'l Film Festival (2005/ USA)
  • Cinema Panora / Folkets Bio Malmo (2005/ Sweden)
  • Rencontres Int'l de Cinema a Paris! FORUM DES IMAGES (1 – 10 July 2005/ France)
  • Cinemanila Int'l Film Festival (4 – 18 Aug 2005/ Philippine)
  • High Museum of Art in Atlanta (12 Aug – 10 Sep 2005/ USA)
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (29 Sep – 9 Oct 2005/ Hong Kong)
  • Oslo Int'l Films from the South (6 – 16 Oct 2005/ Norway)
  • Int'l Meeting of Cinema & History (3 – 10 Dec 2005/ Turkey)
  • Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival (April 2006/ USA)
  • UCLA (University of California) (15 April 2006 / USA)
  • Das Iranische Wien (8 Nov. 2009 / Austria)
  • Taipei Film House (19 Aug. – 9 Sep. 2011/ Taiwan)

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