London screens The Salesman

London screens Iranian Oscar contender in Trump snub

The New Arab– Thousands of film aficionados are expected in London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday for a free screening of The Salesman by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is boycotting the Oscars over US President Donald Trump’s policies.

On the afternoon before the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where The Salesman is in contention for Best Foreign Language Film, the central London landmark will become a giant open-air cinema for the 4.30pm showing.

“I am attending to show some solidarity with the film maker and the countless other people who’ve been denied entry to Trump’s America,” said film buff Laoise in London. “It’s a rejection of the hate that the Trump administration is fostering, and I’m also excited to watch a great film.”