One of the world’s most renowned filmmakers, two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, will join Dodge College as a Distinguished Artist this spring.

Farhadi, who has won almost every top film award, including the Palme d’Or from the Festival de Cannes, is the writer-director of such acclaimed works as A Separation (2011), The Past (2013), The Salesman (2016) and his current release, A Hero. In 2012, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The Iranian filmmaker will spend seven weeks on campus, screening and dissecting his films, and working with a select group of students on their projects.

This continues a relationship between Farhadi and Chapman University that began last year when he took part in a Master Class in Dodge’s Folino Theater, where he was interviewed by award-winning journalist and Trustee Professor Scott Feinberg.

“As the entertainment landscape becomes increasingly global, it’s crucial for us to bring in diverse and brilliant artists from around the world,” said Dean Stephen Galloway. “Nobody can expand our students’ horizons more than Farhadi, one of the most gifted filmmakers of our day.”

He added, “This is an extraordinary opportunity and comes as we ramp up our roster of A-list guests, including such recent speakers as Oscar winners Halle Berry and Lupita Nyong’o; writer-directors Judd Apatow and Sofia Coppola; and Good Morning America host Michael Strahan. We’ll be announcing more guests and speakers later this month.”

Additional information to follow.