Asghar Farhadi’s latest film “The Salesman” premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim and won two awards: Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini and Best Screenplay for Farhadi. Yesterday, it was officially nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Now, it will finally hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles this week. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below ahead of its U.S. theatrical release.
The film follows Emad (Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran who are forced to move out of their old apartment. But once they relocate, a sudden eruption of violence linked to their home’s previous tenant drastically changes the couple’s life, creating powerful tension between the couple.
Farhadi is best known for his Oscar-winning film “A Separation,” about a middle-class couple who face difficulty after hiring a caregiver to take care of their elderly relative suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He has also directed “The Past,” which won the Best Actress award and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, as well as “About Elly,” which won the 2012 Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear award for Best Director. His next feature film starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will be filmed in Spain this year.
“The Salemsan” will open in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, January 27 with a national rollout to follow, courtesy of Cohen Media and Amazon Studios.