“I never would have thought that I would win this prize," the BBC quoted him as saying. He said the film"s victory offered “a very good opportunity to think of the people of my country, the country I grew up in, the country where I learned my stories - a great people".
Farhadi, 38, paid tribute to fellow Iranian Jafar Panahi who could not sit on the Berlin jury after he was jailed on charges of working against his government. “I really think his problem will be solved and I would like him to stand here next year," Farhadi said.
The best actor award went to Peyman Moaadi, and Leila Hatami, picked up the best actress award.