• About Elly

About Elly

a film by Asghar Farhadi
2009, 119 minutes



From the Academy Award® winning director of A SEPARATION comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat.

With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.


"A gripping psychological drama."
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"About Elly both clutches us tight and shuts us out, adding wave upon wave of secrets and lies."
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

"Masterful. Gripping. A richly imagined drama."
– Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Gorgeous. Thrilling."
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Press Materials

High-Res Stills, Poster and Press Kit

Where to watch


New York, NY: Film Forum - Apr 8
Delray Beach, FL: Movies Delray - Apr 14
Lake Worth, FL: Movies Lake - Apr 14
Spokane, WA: Magic Lantern - Apr 17
New York, NY: City Cinemas 1,2,3 - Apr 24
Baltimore, MD: Charles Theatre - Apr 24
Woodstock, NY: Upstate Films - Apr 24
Clevland, OH: Cinematheque - Apr 30

Festivals & Awards

Winner - Best Director - Berlin Film Festival
Winner - Best Narrative Film - Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection - Chicago International Film Festival
Official Selection - Viennale


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