Iran buys into Hollywood glamor, nominates 'The Salesman' for 2017 Oscar

Published September 19th, 2016 - 07:47 GMT
The film will compete in the Foreign Language Category of Oscar. (
The film will compete in the Foreign Language Category of Oscar. (
Iran's Oscar selection committee on Saturday selected Asqar Farhadi's latest movie, The Salesman (titled Forushande in Persian), to represent the country in the upcoming Oscar race for the best foreign language film award.

The movie portrays Ra’ana (Taraneh Alidousti) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini), a couple who are acting in the "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. But, an old man get Ra'na and Emad into trouble after they moved into a house that was previously inhabited by Ahou that allegedly pursued a career in prostitution. They were attacked at their home and now must decide how to respond to the tragic incident.

Farhadi won the award for the best screenplay for "The Salesman" at the 2016 Cannes film festival while Hosseini grabbed one of the most important awards of the cinema world by winning the best actor. The film has also received a fantastic reception at the Cannes film festival.

Farhadi has made Dancing in the Dust (2003), Beautiful City (2004), Fireworks Wednesday (2006), About Elly... (2009), A Separation (2011) and The Past (2013) before his last film, The Salesman.

Farhdi's most famous movie, "A Seperation (titled Jodaeie Nader Az Simin in Persian) grabbed global attention as it became the first Iranian movie to win an Oscar, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

Iranian director's next international project will be produced by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Madrid-based El Deseo and Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Memento Films.

The screenplay is written in English and Spanish, but there are no story details yet. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will cast in the untitled movie.

The movie will be his second feature filmed outside of Iran, following the success of the Paris-set The Past.

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