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The Salesman

Asghar Farhadi
Iran, France 2016 / 125’

A good film should start with an earthquake, and should only get more intense after that. Farhadi, the director of the acclaimed A Separation (according to many critics and viewers, the best movie of the century so far), took Hitchcock's advice to heart, making a masterfully acted, perfectly directed psychological thriller. In fact, it actually does begin with an earthquake. In the first scene, a young couple wake up in the middle of the night in their apartment in Tehran to find the entire building shaking. They have to leave in a hurry. As a result of dramatic, unpredictable plot developments, their attitudes are put to the test. The tension that Farhadi achieves in the final minutes of the film is difficult to bear. The winner of a Golden Bear and an Oscar for A Separation, he is a master of realistic, disturbing, and penetrating cinema. He creates a stifling atmosphere on-screen, shakes his characters out of their sense of security, and watches how they behave as their self-control wanes, giving way to prejudice, fear, and anger. The Salesman won two awards at the recent Cannes Film Festival for best screenplay and best actor.

Jakub Duszyński


Cannes IFF 2016 – Best Screenplay, Best Actor

Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian director and screenwriter. He started working in television, making his cinematic debut with the film Dancing in the Dust. He has been interested in realistic cinema from the very beginning, making films that ask questions about morality and force the characters to confront their ideals. About Elly was a hit at the Berlin Film Festival, where, two years later, he took home a Golden Bear for A Separation. His next film, The Past, was made in France.

Selected filmography

2002 Tańcząc w pyle / Raghs dar ghobar / Dancing in the Dust

2009 Co wiesz o Elly / Darbareye Elly / About Elly

2011 Rozstanie / Jodaeiye Nader az Simin / A Separation

2013 Przeszłość / Le passé / The Past

2016 Klient / Forushande / The Salesman

Cast & Crew

director Asghar Farhadi
screenplay Asghar Farhadi
cinematography Hossein Jafarian
editing Hayedeh Safiyari
music Sattar Oraki
cast Shabab Hosseini, Babak Karimi, Taraneh Alidoosti, Farid Sajjadihosseini, Mina Sadati
producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi
production Memento Films, Asghar Farhadi Productions
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language Persian
colouration colour