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The Salesman


Year 2016
Runtime 125 mins
Language Persian
Subtitles English

Voted as a Top 10 Audience Favourite of the Festival and an Audience Selected Encore

A home invasion leaves Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti, ABOUT ELLY) shaken up and emotionally distances her from her husband Emad (Shahab Hosseini, A SEPARATION). Emad is unable to understand Rana’s emotions, yet is also torn by his need to find the attacker and seek revenge. 

THE SALESMAN is the much-anticipated film from Iranian master director Asghar Farhadi (THE PAST, A SEPARATION). Farhadi is in a field of his own when it comes to insightful and intelligent explorations of the rift in a relationship and how a couple copes with adversity. In THE SALESMAN, he has elevated that exploration by referencing Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” while layering the film with nail-biting suspense.

Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor award at Cannes, THE SALESMAN is the latest must-see work from one of contemporary cinema’s great directors.


France Iran
Cannes, Best Actor; Cannes, Best Screenplay
Official Selection 2016: Cannes; TIFF; Munich Film Festival; New Zealand International Film Festival; Melbourne International Film Festival; T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival (Poland)
Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Asghar Farhadi
Hossein Jafarian
Hayedeh Safiyari
Production Design
Keyvan Moghadam
Sattar Oraki
Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
Yadollah Najafi, Hossein Bashash