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Oscars 2017: How Asghar Farhadi Could Make History With a Second Win For Best Foreign Language

26 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Habib Majidi)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re well on our way to seeing how the best foreign language film race will shape up at the Oscars in 2017. Leading the pack of the shortlist is The Salesman from Iran, which could land filmmaker Asghar Farhadi a rare second win in the category. How often do we see someone with more than one win in this worldwide competition?

The shortlist of nine films — more about those here — will, on January 24, be trimmed down to the official five nominees that will eventually face off at the Oscars on February 26. This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists the current frontrunners as: Germany’s Toni Erdmann (written and directed by Maren Ade), Denmark’s Land of Mine (written and directed by Martin Zandvliet), Sweden’s A »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars 2017: Breaking Down the Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

21 December 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

My Life as a Zucchini’ (Courtesy: Rita/Blue Spirit/Gebeka/Knm)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With a shortlist announced, the best foreign language film category is quickly whittling down and gearing up for the 2017 Oscars. A grand total of 85 movies were accepted from the record 89 submissions, but now the Academy is only eyeing nine of them to eventually nominate five from. Let’s take a closer look the lucky ones to make the shortlist — as controversial as they are — and get to know them better and see if history can provide context for what makes them so special.

Tanna (Australia)

Tanna, Australia’s submission, is set on the titular island that is a part of Vanuatu in the South Pacific and focuses on the Romeo and Juliet-esque romance between a couple who decide to marry for love instead of obeying their parents’ wishes. The film — co-directed by Martin Butler »

- Carson Blackwelder

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‘Toni Erdmann,’ ‘The Salesman,’ ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Advance in Oscars Foreign Language Race

15 December 2016 4:57 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” Iran’s “The Salesman,” Canada’s “It’s Only the End of the World,” Switzerland’s “My Life as a Zucchini” and Denmark’s “Land of Mine” are among the nine films that have advanced to the shortlist in the Academy’s Best Foreign Language Film race. A record 85 films had qualified for the award. Three of the most high-profile films in the Oscars competition — Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” and Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda” — did not make the cut. The shortlist is heavy on European films, including three from Scandinavia. Sweden is »

- Steve Pond

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Top 15 Contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award

13 December 2016 11:29 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

“From Afar”

On Monday, December 12th, the last two films from the 85 qualified submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film race were screen for voters, which means the 9-film shortlist, comprised of six popular choices and three executive votes, will soon be announced. Unlike previous years in which a clear frontrunner had been established early on in the season, this year the competition feels wide open even if there are so unquestionable favorites.

Europe’s dominance continues with films such as the acclaimed “Toni Erdmann,” which is the closest to a frontrunner there is, Almodovar’s “Julieta,” France’s “Elle,” and Denmark’s “Land of Mine.” Latin America put forward a weaker pack of films than in year’s prior while still having a couple marvels in competition. Asia, including the Middle East, and Africa, each have a handful of films that could surprise and shake the Eurocentric category for a change. »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Memento sells Cannes award-winner 'The Salesman' to UK, Germany

31 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Memento also secures deals for Bruno Dumont’s Cannes contender Slack Bay.

The UK’s Curzon Artificial Eye and Germany’s Prokino are among the latest distributors to snap up Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman (Forushande) following its well-received premiere in Competition at Cannes this year.

Farhadi’s tale about a couple in a touring production of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman whose relationship turns violent picked up awards for best screenplay as well as best actor for Shahab Hosseini.

Paris-based Memento Films International (Mfi) has also unveiled new deals to Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Artcam) and Romania (Macondo).

The title also sold well into Latin America during Cannes, securing distribution in Argentina (Alfa Films), Brazil (Providence Filmes) and Mexico (Cinema Nueva Era). Bogota-based Cineplex took rights for Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Central America as well as pan-Latin American satellite TV rights.

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Cannes 2016: The Fanfiction Winners

26 May 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The closing ceremony brought about a sigh of ‘I knew it’ disappointment as this year’s quasi-unanimous favourite “Toni Erdmann” failed to pick up a single award, while “I, Daniel Blake”, a mawkish feel-bad movie, so utterly predictable and artistically vapid, so tedious that it is hard to hate but is instead best watched as a bland medicine, took home the top prize. The 2016 jury seems to have inherited their forerunner’s perverse pleasure in rewarding a film nobody cared for much. Well done on managing to outrage the minuscule segment of humanity that gives a rat’s tail about Cannes palmarès.

The subaltern at Cannes (i.e. the press) do get the need to the Jury to leave their stamp of originality, and though they supposed to not read any reactions on the films in competition, they nonetheless seem to take a childishly perverse pride in stumping ‘predictions’. By now, »

- Zornitsa Staneva

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Bardem, Cruz Set For Farhadi's Next

25 May 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are in advanced talks to star in an untitled Spanish-language movie from acclaimed "A Separation" and "The Past" director Asghar Farhadi.

Described as an Agatha Christie-esque psychological thriller, the story revolves around a family of winemakers living in rural Spain. Memento Films and El Deseo will produce the project which is currently in development and will seek a major American star to complete the cast.

Farhadi is currently finishing the script and will visit Spain next month to scout for locations. Shooting is expected to begin next summer or early fall. The Iranian director just won two awards at Cannes for his Tehran-set drama "The Salesman" (Forushande).

Pedro and Agustin Almodovar and Alexandre Mallet-Guy will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem in Talks to Star in Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-Language Film (Exclusive)

25 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who just won two awards at Cannes for his Teheran-set drama “The Salesman” (Forushande), is resetting his untitled Spanish-language movie with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in advanced talks to star.

Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Madrid-based El Deseo and Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Memento Films are on board to produce the project which is currently in development.

The project was born out of Penelope Cruz and Farhadi’s mutual wish to work together, explained Mallet-Guy, who produced Farhadi’s last two movies, “The Past” and “The Salesman,” which just won Cannes’ best screenplay and actor (for Shahab Hosseini) awards.

Farhadi is currently finishing the original screenplay and will visit Spain next month to scout for locations that could feed into the script. Shooting is expected to begin next summer or early fall.

The plot, which remains mostly under wraps, as always with Farhadi’s films, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Cannes 2016 Winners Include ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ ‘Personal Shopper,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

23 May 2016 4:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a jury headed up by George Miller, the 2016 Cannes Film Festival delivered their awards this weekend, giving Ken Loach his second Palme d’Or, this time for I, Daniel Blake. Meanwhile, Xavier Dolan get the runner-up for It’s Only the End of the World and Olivier Assayas tied with Cristian Mungiu for Best Director for Personal Shopper and Graduation, respectively. Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman picked up two awards, for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, while Jaclyn Jose rounded out the top winners for Best Actress in Ma’ Rosa and American Honey grabbed the Jury Prize.

Disappointingly, some of our favorites of the festival (including Toni Erdmann, Elle, Paterson, Staying Vertical, and Sieranevada) went home empty-handed. Ahead of our personal wrap-up arriving shortly, check out the full list of winners below, including reviews where available and a 30-minute talk with the jury regarding their decisions.

Competition

Palme d’or

I, »

- Jordan Raup

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Cannes: Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners

22 May 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British filmmaker Ken Loach wins second Palme d’Or; Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman wins two.Scroll down for full list of winners

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d’Or at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22), marking the second time the British filmmaker has won the top prize after The Wind That Shakes The Barley in 2006.

The 79-year-old filmmaker returned for a record 13th Competition entry with the tale of an injured carpenter and single mother caught in a bureaucracy nightmare within the UK welfare system.

Accepting the Palme d’Or from actor Mel Gibson, Loach used his acceptance speech to spotlight the “dangerous project of austerity”.

“We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible,” he said. “The world we live in is at a dangerous point right now. We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: 'I, Daniel Blake' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners

22 May 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The time has come to award this year’s winners, including the recipient of the coveted Palme d’Or. Screen is at the ceremony… and the first winners have been announced.

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Palme d’Or

I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach (UK)

Grand Prix

It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde), Xavier Dolan (Canada)

Best Director

Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper (France)

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Cristian Mungiu, Graduation (Bacalaureat) (Romania)

Best Screenplay

Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman (Forushande) (Iran)

Jury Prize

American Honey, Andrea Arnold (UK)

Best Actor

Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman (Forushande)

Dir. Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Best Actress

Jaclyn Jose, Ma’ Rosa

Dir. Brilliante Mendoza (Philippines)

Honorary Palme d’or

Jean-Pierre Léaud

Camera d’Or

Divines, Houda Benyamina

Best Short Film

Timecode, Juanjo Gimenez (Spain)

Short Film Special Mention

The Girl who Danced with the Devil (A Moça Que Dançou Com O Diabo),João Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil)

The jury, presided over by »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Live: Cannes Film Festival winners

22 May 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The time has come to award this year’s winners, including the recipient of the coveted Palme d’Or. Screen is at the ceremony… and the first winners have been announced.

Refresh this page for updates…

Grand Prix

It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde), Xavier Dolan (Canada)

Best Director

Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper (France)

&

Cristian Mungiu, Graduation (Bacalaureat) (Romania)

Best Screenplay

Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman (Forushande) (Iran)

Jury Prize

American Honey, Andrea Arnold (UK)

Best Actor

Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman (Forushande)

Dir. Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Best Actress

Jaclyn Jose, Ma’ Rosa

Dir. Brilliante Mendoza (Philippines)

Honorary Palme d’or

Jean-Pierre Léaud

Camera d’Or

Divines, Houda Benyamina

Best Short Film

Timecode, Juanjo Gimenez (Spain)

Short Film Special Mention

The Girl who Danced with the Devil (A Moça Que Dançou Com O Diabo),João Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil)

The jury, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, is on stage »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Salesman review: Asghar Farhadi offers layers of Willy Loman

21 May 2016 1:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A middle-class couple start to see cracks in the brickwork in the A Separation director’s new drama, a deft spin on Arthur Miller’s play

The appearance in Cannes of Asghar Farhadi’s interesting if contrived drama Forushande, or The Salesman, is a moment to ponder if a new genre of world cinema is being born: The Haneke/Antonioni Shock Event. Some nice, complacent middle-class people tootle along with their lives and then they’re sideswiped by a horrible event — mysterious, anonymous and malevolent —which shatters their calm and cracks open the carapace of their daily routine. It reveals the raw nerve of guilt and shame within.

Both Cristian Mungui’s Bacalaureat and to a lesser extent the Dardennes’ The Unknown Girl here in Cannes were H/A shock events: all about sexual assault, middle-class complicity, barricaded comfort, people buzzing on doors to be allowed in, or not allowed in, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Cannes 2016: Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman' is a Solid Morality Tale

20 May 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Anyone who isn't familiar with this filmmaker yet needs to start watching his films. Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian filmmaker with quite a few films on his filmography already, including most recently A Separation (which won the Academy Award in 2011) and The Past. Farhadi returns to the Cannes Film Festival with his latest film, titled The Salesman (originally titled Forushande), and while it doesn't top A Separation it's a very solid morality tale that deals with the issue of revenge and fear. The first film that comes to mind that handles this topic similarly is The Revenant, another story of revenge where the lesson is that revenge is an empty pursuit that doesn't provide satisfaction, only more pain or suffering. A lesson learned the hard way. The film is framed around a play being put on in Iran, a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The opening shots »

- Alex Billington

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“The Salesman”: Asghar Farhadi Confirms His Mastery of the Family Suspense Genre

20 May 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Asghar Farhadi’s “Forushande” or “The Salesman” was a last-minute addition to the official competition and it is a refreshing, intelligent watch coming in the wake of the vampire-top-model hokum of “The Neon Demon” and the mawkishness of “The Last Face” this late in the festival. Unlike most of the other competition entries, “The Salesman” boasts a tightly structured cause-and-effect narrative that keeps an ongoing suspense throughout most of its running time. This is the kind of kitchen-sink suspense plot that Farhadi has established himself the master of and unlike many of the high-expectation disappointments this year, “The Salesman” delivers on its promise.

Forushande” revolves around a couple of part-time theatre actors Emad (he is also a literature teacher) and Rana, whose apartment building suffers structural damage, precipitating their hasty move to alternative accommodation. An actor colleague offers his rental apartment which still has the furniture of the previous occupant, »

- Zornitsa Staneva

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Amazon Acquires Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’, Partnering With Cohen Media Group On Domestic – Cannes

18 May 2016 3:22 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Amazon Studios has picked up another buzzy art house title by acquiring rights to Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. Amazon will partner on domestic distribution of the film, which plays in competition in Cannes, with Cohen Media Group. This is another prestige get for the film division of the online retail giant and another sign of its emergence as a key player in the indie, art house scene. One could argue Amazon is on the way to becoming… »

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 2016 Cannes Competition

14 May 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: The Handmaiden by Park Chan-wook (South Korea).As I always do around this time of year, I have attempted to round up as many posters as possible for the films in competition for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d’Or. Not an easy task, given that some films may barely have finished a final edit before the print (sorry, hard drive) is couriered to the Croisette, so key art may be the last thing on a producer’s mind.The competition is full of both usual suspects (Loach, Almodóvar, Assayas, the Dardennes, Brilliante Mendoza) and some nice surprises (like the long-awaited follow-up to Neighboring Sounds by Kleber Mendonça Filho, and the first feature film in a decade from the 77-year-old Paul Verhoeven). I am especially pleased to see new films from two of my favorite filmmakers, Andrea Arnold and Maren Ade, as well as the two great Romanian auteurs Cristian Mungiu and Cristi Piui. »

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Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Joins Cannes Film Festival Competition

22 April 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– “The Salesman” by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, will be world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes Films Festival has also added David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water” to Un Certain Regard and announced that Mohamed Diab’s “Clash” will open that section of the official selection. Meanwhile Jean-Francois Richet’s “Blood Father” with Mel Gibson snatched up a Midnight Screening slot.

Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director of Cannes Film Festival has also added three films to the Special Screenings section: Jonathan Littell’s “Wrong Elements” from the U.S. and a pair of French pics, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet’s “La Foret de Quinconces” and Karim Dridi’s “Chouf.”

The fest also announced that Iggy Pop will be attending the screening of Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger” on May 19.

More to come.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Asghar Farhadi regular wraps UK-Iranian drama 'Gholam'

12 April 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A Separation and About Elly star leads Farsi-language drama.

Production is complete on UK-Iranian drama Gholam, starring Iranian leading man and Asghar Farhadi regular Shahab Hosseini (A Separation).

Iranian-born, London-based photographer and artist Mitra Tabrizian makes her feature debut on the predominantly Farsi-language drama which charts the story of an enigmatic cab driver who is haunted by his past.

The film brings together two of the most prominent Iranian actors from before and after the revolution, Behrouz Behnejad and Hosseini.

The latter shared a Best Actor Silver Bear in 2011 for his turn in Farhadi’s A Separation and will star in the director’s upcoming drama Forushande, which is currently in production. Hosseini also starred in Farhadi’s 2009 drama About Elly.

Gholam, which is among the first UK-Iranian productions to explore the UK-based Iranian diaspora, is understood to be stirring interest in sales outfits and festivals.

Inspiration for the privately-financed low-budget feature came from a real »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #23. Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman

12 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Salesman

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Writer: Asghar Farhadi

Another Iranian auteur who recently dipped out of his native country is Asghar Farhadi, whose 2013 title The Past won French actress Berenice Bejo a Best Actress award at Cannes. Following 2011’s A Seperation (which won Berlin’s Golden Bear, plus a Golden Globe and Oscar in the Us), Farhadi’s become a highly sought auteur, and it resulted in his 2008 film About Elly finally receiving distribution in the Us, where it hit theaters in 2015. He’s got several irons in the fire, including an Almodovar produced Spanish project on deck for a possible 2017 release. But first, Farhadi returns to Iran for The Salesman (also previously referred to as Seller and Deliver it to Ahoo), starring Shaheib Hosseint and Taraneh Alidootsi (both previously having starred in About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday, and A Separation. Supposedly, the film revolves around a couple performing Arthur Miller »

- Nicholas Bell

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