Iranian drama film ‘The Salesman’ directed by Asqar Farhadi was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The list of nominees for the 89th Academy Awards was announced on Tuesday, while the ceremony will be held on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
“Land of Mine” from Denmark, “A Man Called Ove” from Sweden, “Tanna” from Australia, and “Toni Erdmann” from Germany are other nominees in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.
Farhadi won the award for the best screenplay for “The Salesman” at the 2016 Cannes film festival while Shahab 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.
The Salesman tells the story of a young couple Emad and Rana who play the lead roles in a local rendition of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Meanwhile, their personal relationship takes a hit after moving into a house that was previously inhabited by a woman who allegedly pursued a career in prostitution.
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.
Photo: Taraneh Alidoosti (left), Ashgar Farhadi (center) and Shahab Hosseini (right) at the ‘Forushande’ photocall during the 69th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2016