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Iran’s Oscar entry is Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

Cannes Film Festival-winning film is about a married couple thrown into turmoil after the wife is attacked in their home

AFP
13:08 September 18, 2016

Iran on Saturday chose Oscar-winning Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman as its entry for Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Academy Awards.

“After long deliberations on the five shortlisted films, a strong majority of the board picked The Salesman... to compete on behalf of our country,” the spokesman for the Iranian film selection committee Amir Esfandiari announced.

The Salesman, which premiered in Iran on August 31, bagged a rare two awards in the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Leading protagonist Shahab Hosseini clinched best actor and Farhadi himself scooped the best screenplay prize.

The Salesman is a taut moral drama about a married couple thrown into turmoil after the wife is attacked in their home.

It has grossed 55 billion rials (Dh6.7 million) in 41 cinemas across Iran since opening.

Farhadi, whose 2011 A Separation won the Oscar for best foreign film — Iran’s first ever — was also the first Iranian filmmaker to receive a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award.