About Elly, the fourth film from Asghar Farhadi of A Separation fame, won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009, Best Narrative Feature that same year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a slew of other awards and accolades. Yet despite its lauded status—and Farhadi’s rising profile in Hollywood—the film has never had an official release here in the United States, simply because the distributor for it went out of business.
Thankfully, Variety reports that Cinema Guild has stepped in and picked up the U.S distribution rights for the film, which chronicles a mysterious disappearance among a group visiting the Caspian Sea. It will open on April 8 at New York’s Film Forum, with a wider national release to follow. Nearly a half decade after it wowed the rest of the world and the film-festival crowd, American audiences will finally have an opportunity to see a seminal film from one of international film’s most important voices.
Farhadi’s post-Elly credits include A Separation, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, while also garnering Farhadi a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Last year, he followed that feature with The Past, which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.