There’s no such thing as truly universal acclaim, but Asghar Farhadi came as close as possible with 2011’s “A Separation.” It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Metacritic deemed it the best-reviewed movie of the year, it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and even scored a Best Screenplay nomination — a rarity for an international movie. His next film, “The Salesman,” is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival next month (despite not appearing on the initial lineup). Ahead of that premiere, the drama now has an official synopsis and a couple images.
Courtesy of Memento Films, the premise is as follows: “Forced 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.” Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti, both of whom have worked with Farhadi on more than one occasion, play the two leads.
Farhadi’s “The Past” likewise premiered at Cannes in 2014. In addition, two of his earlier films, “About Elly” and “Fireworks Wednesday” have since received stateside distribution owing to the writer/director’s increased profile. This year’s edition of the festival begins on May 11.
For more, watch the trailer for “Fireworks Wednesday”: