Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi in interview with Tasnim said "Much of the praises that they say about me does not have a counterpart in reality. Such as they say Farhadi has engineered his screenplays. But these are rather the outcome of my unconscious.”
Speaking on the sidelines of a book launch party for his collection of 7 screenplays, he stated "When they ask me how I make films, the most honest answer is that I really don’t know.”
"Much of what happens in the screenplays has to do with the unconscious that has come to exist in me. I myself do not know how I get from one point to another.”
The director of A Separation, Farhadi said "Experience has proven to me that the work that I have spent more time on, has given a better result. Each of my screenplays has taken about 7 to 8 months, which is the least amount of time one has to put into writing a screenplay.”
Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films.
He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of Dramatic Arts in 1998 and his Masters in Stage Direction from Tarbiat Modarres University a few years later.
During these formative years, Farhadi made six shorts and two TV series for Iran's National Broadcasting Corporation (IRIB) of which "A Tale of a City" is most noteworthy.
His A Separation received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.