Salesman“ written and directed
by celebrated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and co-financed by the Doha Film
Institute, had its world premiere in the official competition of the 2016
Cannes Film Festival. Six other films supported by the Doha Film Institute
Grants program have been screening in key sections at the
prestigious global film event.
“The Salesman” is produced by Memento Films Production and Asghar
Farhadi Production, in coproduction with Arte France Cinéma and in association
with Doha Film Institute, Memento Films Distribution and Arte France. Amazon and Cohen Media Group have recently picked up North American rights.
out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad
and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to
the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life. “The Salesman” stars Shahab Hosseini (“A
Separation”) and Taraneh Alidoosti
(“About Elly”). Farhadi won the 2012 Academy
Award for Best Foreign Language Film for “A
Separation” and the Best Actress Award at Cannes 2013 for his last film “The Past.”
Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: “We are
delighted that seven films supported by the Institute have been officially
selected at Cannes this year. The selection of ‘The Salesman’ in the Festival’s official competition section is an
achievement we are all very excited about, as it adds to our pride in
partnering with international productions that set new benchmarks in excellence
in filmmaking. Asghar Farhadi is one of the most recognized filmmakers working
today, someone we have long admired for his talent and commitment to making
films that tackle strong subject matters with enduring humanity.
would like to thank the entire team behind the film for sharing their vision
with us and making us a part of their incredible journey, and wish them the
very best. This has been a passion project for all involved and we look forward
to audiences discovering this latest masterpiece”.
the six DFI grantee films, two have been selected to the Un Certain Regard
section – “Apprentice” (Singapore, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Qatar) written
and directed by Boo Junfeng; and “Dogs” (Romania, France, Bulgaria,
Qatar) by Bogdan Florian Mirica.
in the Directors’ Fortnight is “Divines” (Morocco, France, Qatar),
directed by Houda Benyamina. The remaining three DFI grantee films will compete
for top honours in the Critics Week including: “Mimosas” (Spain, Morocco,
France, Qatar) by Oliver Laxe; “Tramontane” (Lebanon, France, UAE,
Qatar) by Vatche Boulghourjian; and “Diamond Island” (Cambodia, France,
Germany, Qatar) by Davy Chou.
“At the very core of DFI’s film funding mandate is to contribute to World
Cinema and ensure that great stories continue to be told. We are committed to
celebrating high-calibre talents, both emerging and established, to contribute
to a growing roster of quality world cinema. Through our DFI Grantee program,
we are underling our commitment to support emerging talent and create a body of
work that reflects the cinematic ambitions of the next generation. These
projects will also inspire the young Qatari film professionals to create
compelling content that will gain international acclaim,” added Al Remaihi.
part of Qatar’s presence in Cannes, the Doha Film Institute is also presenting
a special Made in Qatar showcase of short films at the Cannes’ Short Film
Corner, a section of the festival dedicated to showcasing films from more than
90 countries to thousands of accredited industry guests, festival selectors and
short film industry specialists.
line-up includes winners of the Best Documentary Film and Best Narrative Film
at Ajyal 2015, “The Palm Tree” by Jassim
al Remaihi and “Asfoora” by Mayar
Hamdan respectively, “Good as New” by
Jasser Alagha, “Yellow Nights” by
Abdullah Al Mulla, “The Notebook” by
Amna Al-Binali, “Light Sounds” by Karem
Kamel, “Veganize it” by Khalid Salim, “To My Mother” by Amina Ahmed Al Bloshi
and “Inside Out” by Fahad Al-Obaidly.
premiering at Ajyal in 2015 the MIQ package screened at Clermont Ferrand and
Berlinale, and is also scheduled to screen in Sarajevo and several other
festivals on the international circuit later this year.