IRAN chose Oscar-winning Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman as its entry for Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Academy Awards.
“After long deliberations on the five shortlisted films, a strong majority of the board picked The Salesman … to compete on behalf of our country,” the spokesman for the Iranian film selection committee Amir Esfandiari announced.
The Salesman, which premiered in Iran on Aug 31, bagged a rare two awards in the Cannes film festival earlier this year.
Leading protagonist Shahab Hosseini clinched best actor and Farhadi himself scooped the best screenplay prize.
The Salesman is a taut moral drama about a married couple thrown into turmoil after the wife is attacked in their home.
It has grossed US$1.5 million (RM6.2 million) in 41 cinemas across Iran since opening.
Farhadi, whose 2011 A Separation won the Oscar for best foreign film – Iran’s first ever – was also the first Iranian filmmaker to receive a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) award.