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About Elly (2009)


“Darbareye Elly”

Drama, Mystery, Thriller |

About Elly is a Iranian drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It is the fourth film by Farhadi. The film is about middle class relationships in Iran.

Farhadi won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival for the film. The film was also nominated for 10 awards at the 27th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran where Farhadi won the Crystal Simorgh for best director. About Elly was Iran’s official submission for the competition in the Foreign Film section at the 82nd Academy Awards.

A group of middle-class Iranians, former classmates at the law faculty of the university, go to the Caspian Sea for a three-day vacation: Sepideh, her husband Amir and their young daughter; Shohreh, her husband Peymān and their two children, including their son Arash and Nāzy and her husband Manuchehr. Sepideh, who planned the trip, brings along her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, Elly, in order to introduce her to Ahmad, a divorced friend visiting from Germany.

At the seaside mansion that Sepideh has booked the woman in charge tells them the owners will return the next day and suggests that they stay instead in a deserted beach-front villa. Sepideh lies to the old woman about the relationship between Elly and Ahmad: she says they’re married and on their honeymoon…

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Writers: Asghar Farhadi (story & screenplay), Azad Jafarian (story)

Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare’i, Mani Haghighi


Golshifteh FarahaniSepideh
Shahab HosseiniAhmad
Taraneh AlidoostiElly
Merila Zare’iShohreh
Mani HaghighiAmir
Payman MaadiPeyman
Ra’na AzadivarNaazi
Ahmad MehranfarManoochehr
Saber AbarAlireza
Amin SalahlooKamal

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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