SALESMAN, THE (2016)
Shahab Hosseini (ABOUT ELLY, A SEPARATION) won the Best Actor award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Emad, who is first seen fleeing a collapsing apartment building with his wife, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti, ABOUT ELLY, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY). When an intruder attacks Rana in their new home, Emad turns amateur detective in an attempt to find the assailant and soothe his wife's addled nerves. Asghar Farhadi's screenplay, which also won an award at Cannes, cleverly weaves its plot around Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" as the onscreen couple stars in an amateur production of the play. Farhadi's masterly direction draws exquisite tension out of a relationship on the edge of coming apart in this "finely cut gem of neorealist suspense" (Owen Gleiberman, Variety). (Note courtesy of Freer|Sackler.) Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, 89th Academy Awards®. DIR/SCR/PROD Asghar Farhadi; PROD Alexandre Mallet-Guy. Iran/France, 2016, color, 125 min. In Persian with English subtitles. RATED PG-13
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