Iranian film The Salesman

World premiere of ‘The Salesman’

Renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s newest film ‘The Salesman’ (released as ‘The Client’ in French) will have its world premiere on May 21 at Cannes Film Festival 2016.

The movie, which is the only Iranian production in this year’s Cannes competition lineup, will be screened just a day before the closing of the event after almost all other 20 competitors are shown.

Before leaving for Cannes, Farhadi talked about his anticipation on the audiences’ reaction to his work, its release in Iran and abroad and his next project, ISNA reported.

‘The Salesman’ was a late addition to this year’s competition because Farhadi did not finish filming until late February. He submitted it to the event only after the initial lineup had been announced in mid-April.

Now it is one of the most-anticipated among the 21 films vying for the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) along with highly potentials such as Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’, Ken Loach’s ‘Moi, Daniel Blake’, Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’ and Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Paterson’.

Prominent actors Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti act in the film as a couple who are forced to move out of their apartment, only to find conflict with the previous tenant of their new home.

Farhadi is a great storyteller, so similar to his previous works, there is multi level narrative with moral, social and religious dimensions.
He presumes ‘The Salesman’, similar to his previous films, will have a wide audience at home and abroad. “Based on the feedback from the distributors and the limited showings, the film seems to appeal to the viewers,” Farhadi noted.

Release in Iran

On its release time in Iran, he said the film was set for screening simultaneously in Iran and Europe; however as the French release is set for November and he may not be in Iran at that time, he would rather it be shown in the country sooner, like midsummer.

“I will be mostly travelling out of Iran from September to work on my next project. As I like to be in Iran while my movie is screened, I prefer it be released sooner here than in France,” he said.

A joint production of Iran and France, the film has been financed by Farhadi and the French company Memento Films, which also produced his previous film ‘The Past’ and distributed his other movies as well.

“The American distributor of the work will be decided soon,” the director said. Sony Pictures Classic distributed Farhadi’s previous works ‘The Past’ and ‘A Separation’ in the US.

His next project (untitled for the moment) will be shot in Spain next spring. The movie will be produced by the famous Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar (whose ‘Julietta’ competes in Cannes) and the Spanish Academy Award-winner actress Penelope Cruz will star in the cast.
Iran cinema won the Palme d’Or once in 1997 when the celebrated filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami received the prize for ‘Taste of Cherry’.

By Financial Tribune