THE SALESMAN [IRAN], THU 19 OCTOBER, 8PM

By December 15, 2016Homepage, Season 17 films

Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, 2017.

Award-winning director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) returns with the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Salesman, a characteristically taut drama exploring how unexpected cracks can form in the foundations of a seemingly happy marriage.

Set in modern-day Tehran, the future looks promising for amateur actors Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) as they prepare for opening night on their production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. However, when dangerous work on a neighbouring building forces the couple to leave their home and move into a new apartment, a case of mistaken identity sees a shocking and violent incident throw their lives into turmoil.

What follows is a series of wrong turns that threaten to destroy their relationship irreparably.

Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Farhadi’s study on the potent power of pride, guilt and shame treads the line between arresting drama and revenge thriller with masterful ease.

Flawlessly acted…Farhadi trades in the poetry of the unsaid. – ★★★★ The Irish Times

Farhadi remains a master of pace and tension, slowly upping the stakes in an unsettling narrative fuelled by a lingering sense of powerlessness, paranoia and the possibility that you never entirely know the person you love. – Screen International

Mr. Farhadi’s control is astonishing, as is the discipline of the actors. – The New York Times

Read here about Mr. Farhadi’s decision to boycott the Academy Awards as a protest against Trump’s travel ban.
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Iran, France |Language: Persian | 125 minutes | Cert: 12A

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi