(STAMFORD, CT) February 27th, 2012 – The Avon Theatre is now playing the ACADEMY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM. A SEPARATION was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay , Golden Globe Winner – Best Foreign Language Film , Named Best Foreign Language Film by the NY Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, National Board of Review, & the London Critics Circle .
Special post-film Q&A/panel discussion with Dr. Sheyda Ardalan, Professor of Art and Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and Teacher of Art, Greenwich High School on Friday, March 2 at 7:15 p.m.
Ticket pricing: Carte Blanche – FREE, Members - $6, Nonmembers - $11 . Advance tickets are on sale at the box office during showtimes, or by calling 203-967-3660. You can call our administrative office during daytime business hours at 203-661-0321.
About The Film: Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader.
When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
About The Sheyda Ardalan:
Dr. Sheyda Ardalan was born in London, England, to Iranian parents. She lived her life in Tehran, Iran, Switzerland, Egypt, Turkey and Spain. She speaks Persian, English, Spanish and Turkish.
Dr. Ardalan graduated from Tehran International School receiving her International Baccalaureate diploma in 1976 and came to the USA to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. After working as a graphic artist, Dr. Ardalan received her Masters degree in Art and Art Education and her Doctorate degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation was on the mentorship and apprenticeship practices in the traditional arts of Iran and she traveled extensively around Iran, observing and interviewing master craftsmen and their apprentices.
Dr. Ardalan is Professor of Art and Art Education at Teachers College/Columbia University and art teacher at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT. She has lectured on the traditional and contemporary arts of Iran and the Middle East at the National Art Education Association conventions and many educational institutions in the United States.
Dr. Ardalan visits Iran every summer, sometimes taking her Irish/American husband and children with her. She conducts free art workshops in villages in Iran, providing all the art supplies and working with participants of all ages. She has also conducted an art workshop in a juvenile detention center for teenage girls in Tehran. Besides travelling around Iran, she also spends her time volunteering at the only animal shelter in Iran.
About The Avon: The Avon Theatre, features the best of independent, documentary, foreign films and Hollywood classics, and educational programming that enhances the cultural richness of the Stamford community. The Avon is a non-profit, member-supported organization that has been described as an eclectic and whimsical picture house. The theatre is highlighted by an original exterior facade, framed by a restored vertical "AVON" marquee that lights up the Connecticut sky at night. The theatre is bestowed with interior murals that were commissioned by a local artist, Oscar Glas. Glas' murals evoke a sense of local history by paying homage to the early settlers and Native Americans of coastal Stamford.
The Avon Theatre
272 Bedford St
Stamford, CT 06901
Box Office: (203) 967-3660
Business Office: (203) 661-0321