The Salesman


Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 7, 2016 7:30 PM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:125 min.
Director:Asghar Farhadi
Producer:Asghar Farhadi
Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Screenwriter:Asghar Farhadi
Cinematographer:Hossein Jafarian
Editor:Hayedeh Safiyari
Cast:Shahab Hosseini
Taraneh Alidoosti
Baba Karimi
Farid Sajjadihossein
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


In keeping with Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s best films (such as the Oscar®-winning A Separation), The Salesman examines nuanced moral dilemmas through the prisms of marriage and family. Husband-and-wife actors Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are in the midst of a production of Death of a Salesman when an assault on Rana threatens to dramatically change their lives. Emad’s guilt and powerlessness compel him to find the assailant, setting in motion an escalating series of twists and ethical quandaries. Winner of Best Screenplay and Best Actor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Salesman takes its time establishing its characters and plot, presenting a seemingly contented romantic relationship that only needs one major trauma to lose its footing. Hosseini beautifully portrays Emad’s wounded male pride, but it’s Alidoosti’s cryptic performance that’s more haunting, suggesting worlds of unspoken disappointment between married partners who don’t know each other at all.

Guest in attendance 10/7: Asghar Farhadi (director)

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Additional Information

Asghar Farhadi made his first short film at the age of 13, going on to make five more before attending the University of Tehran in 1991 to study theatre, a choice that would influence his filmmaking style significantly. His subsequent feature films (Dancing in the Dust, Beautiful City, Fireworks Wednesday, About Elly, A Separation and The Past) have garnered him multiple awards at festivals around the world, as well as impressive international acclaim. His latest film, The Salesman, was selected to run in competition at Cannes, the second Farhadi film to be run for the Palme d’Or this year.