Iran has a vast range of weather and landscapes. Most of the country consists of mountains surrounding a central plateau. The narrow coastal areas of northern Iran near the Caspian Sea are the country's fertile area, while inland are the last large tracts of forest to be found in the Middle East. Oak, willow, fig, orange, lemon, date and pomegranate trees thrive here. The forests also support wildlife such as tigers, panthers, wolves, foxes, bears, deer and jackals.
Director Asghar Farhadi has shone new light on the Iranian film industry, especially with his Oscar-winning drama 'A Separation'. His 2009 film 'About Elly' has also won critcal aclaim. This film uses Iranian locations including a beach on the Caspian Sea.