Foreign Film Series- The Salesman
Admission: Patrons $27 | Senior Citizens $25 | Students $25 for the whole season
Language/subtitles: All foreign language films are subtitled and subtitles are used on English language films when available.
Iran/France | 2016 | 124 min | Asghar Farhadi | Persian + English languages
Rana and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death
of a Salesman” rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware that the previous
tenant had been “a woman of many male companions,” Rana, home alone, hears the intercom and
buzzes in the person she assumes is Emad, only he isn’t. When Emad returns he finds that Rana has
been brutally attacked. While Rana survives the attack, this event turns their life upside down, changes their world view, and impacts their marriage. Farhadi has fashioned a dramatic critique of what he portrays as the Iranian male gaze — a gaze of molten judgment and anger.
2017 Academy Awards, winner: Best Foreign Language Film; 2016 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Best Actor, Best Screenplay.