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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Report by Patrick Compton

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s disquieting drama, The Salesman, which won the best foreign language Oscar this year, opens at Cinema Nouveau, Gateway, on May 5.

The win was Farhadi’s second in the category, with the first being A Separation which won in 2012.

The film is about a middle-class couple whose relationship is thrown into disarray after an intruder surprises the wife in the shower. The story is influenced by Arthur Miller’s award-winning play, Death of a Salesman.

Farhadi boycotted the ceremony in Los Angeles “out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations” affected by US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries, which, he said, “have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US”.