About Elly

About Elly speelt zich af in het hedendaagse Iran. Een groep voormalige studievrienden brengt een weekendje door in een huurvilla aan de Kaspische zee. Sepideh, die de vakantie heeft georganiseerd, heeft ook Elly uitgenodigd, de schooljuf van haar dochter, in de hoop dat die zal vallen voor de charmes van hun pas gescheiden vriend Ahmad. De stemming zit erin, totdat Elly plotseling vermist wordt. Haar mysterieuze verdwijning leidt tot paniek en verwarring, want wat weten de vrienden eigenlijk over Elly en wie heeft haar voor het laatst gezien?

About Elly draaide in 2009 in competitie op het filmfestival van Berlijn, waar Asghar Farhadi bekroond werd met een Zilveren Beer voor Beste Regisseur. Tevens is About Elly op het Tribeca Film Festival bekroond met de prijs voor beste speelfilm in de categorie World Narrative Cinema. "The universality of the characters and themes and the director's riveting grasp of this story make About Elly a film that collapses barriers and deepens our understanding of the world we share”, aldus de juryIn 2010 won Asghar Farhadi een Gouden beer voor zijn nieuwe film A Seperation een gouden beer.

De Iraanse filmcommissie selecteerde About Elly als officiële Oscarinzending voor 2010.

 

The group’s opinions of Elly veer from those of the first day, until at last the truth is out.After many years living in Germany, Ahmad is on a flying visit to Iran. His old university friends decide to organise three days together on the banks of the Caspian Sea.
One of the women in the group, the joyful Sepideh, has taken the planning in hand. Unbeknown to her colleagues she has invited Elly, her daughter’s nursery school teacher.
Ahmad, having just disentangled himself from an unhappy German marriage, would like to settle down with an Iranian woman. Knowing this the friends gradually realise why Sepideh has invited Elly. Their attention turns to her and each one in turn lauds her qualities.
On the second day, while everything seems to be going well, an incident occurs which leads to Elly’s disappearance. The joyful atmosphere evaporates and harmony breaks down as the friends try to understand how and why she disappeared.
Elly’s family is contacted, but as they have no news of her, panic sets in. The friends start becoming judgemental and pick over the previous day’s conversations and Elly’s family phone calls, trying to find fault. Finally Sepideh is blamed for having invited Elly and thus ruining their holiday.
The group’s opinions of Elly veer from those of the first day, until at last the truth is out.After many years living in Germany, Ahmad is on a flying visit to Iran. His old university friends decide to organise three days together on the banks of the Caspian Sea.
One of the women in the group, the joyful Sepideh, has taken the planning in hand. Unbeknown to her colleagues she has invited Elly, her daughter’s nursery school teacher.
Ahmad, having just disentangled himself from an unhappy German marriage, would like to settle down with an Iranian woman. Knowing this the friends gradually realise why Sepideh has invited Elly. Their attention turns to her and each one in turn lauds her qualities.
On the second day, while everything seems to be going well, an incident occurs which leads to Elly’s disappearance. The joyful atmosphere evaporates and harmony breaks down as the friends try to understand how and why she disappeared.
Elly’s family is contacted, but as they have no news of her, panic sets in. The friends start becoming judgemental and pick over the previous day’s conversations and Elly’s family phone calls, trying to find fault. Finally Sepideh is blamed for having invited Elly and thus ruining their holiday.
The group’s opinions of Elly veer from those of the first day, until at last the truth is out.
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