“THE SALESMAN”
Iran; Directed by Asghar Farhadi


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Original Title: “Forushande”
Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
Screenplay by: Asghar Farhadi
Cinematography by: Hossein Jafarian
Music by: Sattar Oraki
Distributed by: Filmiran
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Lanuage: Persian


FILM SYNOPSIS: After Iranian couple Emad and Rana are forced to move to a new apartment, their life together is thrown into turmoil by an act of violence. They decide not to report the incident, and Rana’s emotional withdrawal becomes more than Emad can bear. He begins his own investigation and is overcome by an increasing need for revenge.


What’s its competition? Seeing as director Asghar Farhadi’s film “A Separation” is the only Iranian film to have won an Oscar thus far, it would not be far-fetched in the slightest if he were to win another for his film “The Salesman,” which tackles even heavier subject matter in regards to some violence placed on a mans wife and the lengths he goes to rectify this. The acting is brilliant, there is a twist that is jaw-dropping in its subtlety, and overall, it would be a perfect example of a Best Foreign Language film. Working against it would be the fact that the director did already earn an Academy Award, so if they are trying to spread the wealth, they may look elsewhere. “Toni Erdmann” is still the pundit favorite to win, which, with it’s lighter comedic nature, it could be more escapism for the voters rather than something that is the polar opposite. Personally, I’d rally for “The Salesman” to win.

Previous nominations? This is the third Academy Award nomination for Iran. Previous nominations were:

  • A SEPARATION (2011)
    Winner, Foreign Language Film
  • CHILDREN OF HEAVEN (1998)
    Nominee, Foreign Language Film

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// Produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy and Asghar Farhadi //
// Directed by Asghar Farhadi //

// Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 12th, 2017 // Laemmle Playhouse // 29 films – 15 days //

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