Despite being one of the most acclaimed international filmmakers on the planet, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi hasn’t had the easiest time bringing his features to American theaters. The Oscar-winning “A Separation” did well for Sony Pictures Classics back during the 2011-2012 season, but they couldn’t replicate the same success for “The Past” in late 2013, and that’s to say nothing of the other Farhadi features that have never made their way to U.S. theaters due to rights issues.
Fortunately, the tides have slowly been changing in this department, first with the release of 2009’s “About Elly” last year and now the upcoming release of 2006’s “Fireworks Wednesday.” As Indiewire exclusively reported earlier this month, the newly-created distribution company Grasshopper Film is kicking off its slate by opening “Fireworks Wednesday” for the first time in the U.S. this March. The company told Indiewire that it is “dedicated to releasing acclaimed and award-winning independent cinema,” and Farhadi’s martial drama certainly fits the bill.
The official synopsis reads: “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.”
Grasshopper Film will open “Fireworks Wednesday” on March 16 at New York City’s Film Forum. Watch the trailer below courtesy of The Playlist.