Forced to leave their apartment because the construction works weaken the foundations of the building, Emad (by Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (by Taraneh Alidoosti) find themselves on the street. Quickly they’re forced to abandon the idea of getting their deposit back, the couple accept an offer from a friend who has an empty apartment. But the previous occupant had a such bad reputation that it leads to an incident where Rana injured. While she refuses to tell what exactly happened, Emad sets out to take revenge. Salesman is another Iranian director's gem which approaches to point the moral issues with such subtlety and suspense that one cannot help but call hitchcockian.
Cannes Film Festival - Best Screenplay and Best Actor.
Asghar Farhadi graduated from University of Tehran with a master’s degree in Stage Direction. In 2003 he wrote and directed his first feature film Dancing in the Dust. About Elly (2009) was an international success and won several awards worldwide. In 2011 A. Farhadi presented A Separation which took over 70 awards internationally, including the Golden Bear, the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, the César for Best Foreign Film, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Past (2013), which was also presented in SCANORAMA, won Best Actress award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival.