Farhadi's 'The Salesman' for
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has
nominated a film by the country’s Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for the
next Academy Awards.
A Saturday report by Farabi Foundation, affiliated to Iran's Culture
Ministry, said 'The
Salesman', Asghar Farhadi's seventh feature, which won two prizes
at the Cannes Film Festival in May, was chosen as Iran's nominee for the event,
Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor and Asghar
Farhadi won the award for best screenplay.
The movie is
about a pair of actors rehearsing for a performance of Arthur Miller's 'Death of
a Salesman'. The couple's lives are upended when the woman is mistaken for a
prostitute and sexually assaulted.
Farhadi's drama has been chosen by a board of directors and producers who
decide upon Iran's Oscars representative. The panel included Pouran
Derakhshandeh (director), Mohammad Bozorgnia (director), Mohammad Heidari
(Fajr International Film Festival secretary), Saeid Aqiqi (screenwriter),
Amir-Hossein Alamolhoda (director), Shahram Mokri
(director), Touraj Mansouri (director of photography), Akbar Nabavi (film
critic) and Amir Esfandiari (Farabi Foundation International Relations
Amir Esfandiari, a spokesperson of the board, announced that
the body had chosen five films out of eight candidates from which
'The Salesman' was selected
as Iran's ultimate Oscars representative.
Hailing the collaboration extended by Iran's House of Cinema, Farabi Cinema
Foundation, and Ministry of Culture's Cinema Organization, Esfandiari hoped that
the film could portray the capacity of the Iranian cinema properly in this
'Standing in the Dust' (Mohammad Hossein Mahdavian), 'Daughter' (Reza Mirkarimi),
Dormishian), and 'Nahid' (Aida
Panahandeh) were also on the tentative list which was considered by the board
In 2012, Farhadi received Iran's first Oscar when 'A
Separation' won the event's title for the best foreign