Most juries at the Cannes Film Festival stick with tradition and only award one prize to a film in competition, but that wasn’t the case with “The Salesman” year. Asghar Farhadi’s new martial drama surprised by picking up two of the festival’s major prizes, including Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini, but anyone familiar with Farhadi’s slow-burn marital dramas already know the double win is most likely justified.
Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti play Emad and Rana, a young couple starring in the lead roles of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in a local Tehran production. Art begins to reflect reality as the couple faces a conflict at home involving their new apartment. As they relocate, an act of violence linked to the previous tenant dramatically changes their life, creating a simmering tension that could destroy them.
“The Salesman” is Iran’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. He won the same prize in 2012 for “A Separation,” which many critic herlad as one of the best films of the decade. Like that drama, “The Salesman” is martial drama that boils to a knockout of an emotional climax.
Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group will release the drama in New York and Los Angeles on January 27, with a national roll out to follow. Watch the new official trailer below.
— IMDb (@IMDb) November 11, 2016