The Salesman (Forushande) 15

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DIRECTOR Asghar Farhadi
CAST Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati

Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama examines the strained relationship of a middle-class Iranian couple.

Like A Separation and The Past, celebrated Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi’s new film examines the strained relationship of a middle-class married couple. Emad, a teacher, and Rana, his stay-at-home wife, are rehearsing an amateur production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in which they play careworn Willy Loman and his wife, Linda. Preparations for the play are going well until Rana and Emad suffer a disturbing domestic incident which triggers emotional fault lines across their marriage. Exploring challenging questions of morality and retribution, this is a beautifully observed, painstakingly crafted drama.
(2016 Iran / France 124 mins Subtitled)

Fresh off its Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language film, Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman is a dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from the Islamic Republic of Iran. If you know Farhadi’s work – and if you don’t, search out About Elly, A Separation and The Past — you know you’re in the hands of a major film artist. He is not one to underline the meaning of his films. He throws audiences into the thick of things and leaves us to parse its meaning. It’s a compliment Hollywood films rarely afford us.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 

Language: Persian

Winner of the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2016. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. 

BBFC advice: Contains sexual violence references, moderate sex references and violence
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