separation101 Director Alexander Payne’s latest movie, The Descendants, has received its share of accolades, including a Gotham Award nomination for Best Feature (it’s competing against Meek’s Cutoff, Take Shelter, Tree of Life, and Beginners).  But along with being a revered filmmaker, Payne is also a diehard movie buff (during the Sideways interviews back in 2004, I remember the director waxing poetic on filmmaker Anthony Mann, a diverse artist known for such muscular Westerns as Winchester ’73 and The Naked Spur).

While promoting The Descendants, Payne showered praise for A Separation, Iran’s official selection for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Film Category.  The picture, which received the Golden Bear for Best Film earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival, opens in New York and Los Angeles December 30th.

Listen to Alexander Payne offer his thoughts on A Separation:

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The Descendants, starring George Clooney, opens December 16th.

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