Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has earned international prominence thanks to pictures like “A Separation” and “The Past,” and his upcoming effort “The Salesman” is one of the most anticipated films of the year. However, the filmmaker has a rich back catalog of work that for years has been kept away from U.S. cinemas due to rights issues. Thankfully, that situation is changing. Last year, his 2009 film “About Elly” finally got a proper release (read our review), and this year his 2006 picture “Fireworks Wednesday” is hitting cinemas. Today we have the exclusive U.S. trailer.
Starring Taraneh Alidoosti, Hediyeh Tehrani, Hamid Farokhnezhad, and Pantea Bahram, the film centers around the titular Persian holiday, and follows a young maid as she watches the domestic discord of her employers unfold. Here’s the official synopsis:
From the Academy Award winning director of A Separation and About Elly, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday is a gripping, suspenseful drama — a story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is hired as a maid for an affluent family in Tehran. Upon arriving she is suddenly thrust into an explosive domestic conflict. Mojdeh is convinced her husband is having an affair (with a recently divorced woman living next door) and enlists Rouhi as a spy, to follow her husband, and confirm her suspicions. What Rouhi discovers, however, threatens not only their marriage but her own future.
The film will open on March 16th, which is this year’s Fireworks Wednesday, at Film Forum. Watch below.