The Beautiful City

For the American silent film, see The Beautiful City (1925 film).
The Beautiful City
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Produced by Iraj Taghipoor
Written by Asghar Farhadi
Starring Taraneh Alidoosti
Faramarz Gharibian
Babak Ansari
Hossein Farzi-Zadeh
Ahu Kheradmand
Music by Hamidreza Sadri
Cinematography Ali Loqmani
Edited by Shahrzad Pouya
Release dates
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian

The Beautiful City (Persian: شهر زیبا /Shahr-e Ziba/) is a 2004 Iranian film directed by Asghar Farhadi.


Akbar celebrates his 18th birthday in the detention centre. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried out. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A'la, a friend of Akbar, who himself has undergone imprisonment for burglary, soon after his release tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar's plaintiff so as to stop the execution.


Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Recipients and nominees Result
2004 Fajr Film Festival Crystal Simorgh Award – Best Sound Mixing Hassan Zahedi Won
International Film Festival of India Golden Peacock Asghar Farhadi Won
Special Jury Award Faramarz Gharibian Won
Warsaw International Film Festival Grand Prix Asghar Farhadi Won
2005 Split Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize Asghar Farhadi Won


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