The Salesman 12A (S)
Oscar®-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past) returns with a masterclass in complex moral questioning as a couple has to deal with a sudden violent act.
Forced to move apartments quickly when their building almost crumbles, married actors Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) hastily move into a new flat loaned by a friend, not knowing that its previous occupant has left more than just furniture behind and this legacy proves highly dangerous for Rana. Dealing with the aftermath of trauma, the couple find that a hunger for justice creates its own cracks.
A beautifully observed, painstakingly crafted study on the power of pride, guilt and shame, Cannes saw The Salesman deservedly pick up awards for both Best Actor and Best Screenplay. With the US President's ban on visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran, Farhadi has said he wouldn't travel to the Oscars® (where The Salesman won for Best Foreign Film) even if he got special dispensation, in solidarity with those already affected. We stand with him in solidarity and proudly invite you to enjoy this brilliant slice of Iranian cinema.
Screening with DepicT! '16 shortlisted film Hen
(Dir: Payam Seidi, Iran, 90 secs)