IRANIAN DIRECTOR ASGHAR FARHADI CANCELS OSCARS TRIP
Simon Killen, Director of Hi Gloss Entertainment, made a statement on social media today, “As the Australian and New Zealand distributor of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s new Oscar nominated film The Salesman, we at Hi Gloss Entertainment are both disappointed and saddened by President Trump’s executive order banning individuals from Muslim-majority countries from entering the USA.
“We are immensely proud to be releasing Mr Farhadi’s film for Australian and New Zealand audiences, and we are also proud to be part of a nation that celebrates and embraces the diversity of its people.
“The Salesman has been nominated alongside four other wonderful films in the Best Foreign Language Picture category at this year’s Academy Awards, however, following Mr Trump’s announcement, Mr Farhadi has stated that he has cancelled his plans to attend the ceremony, even if exceptions were made, to allow him to enter the the country.
“We are in total support of Mr Farhadi’s stance on this matter. Furthermore, we believe that the circumstances that have led to Mr Farhadi being unable to attend the event with his fellow filmmakers are both unjust and a loss to the cinematic community that the Academy represents.”
The Salesman tells the story of Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), actors playing the roles of husband and wife in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. They are also husband and wife off-stage, sharing an apartment that is devastated by an earthquake. Forced to move, a tragic incident changes their lives in ways they could never have predicted. Drawing parallels between postwar New York and contemporary Tehran, The Salesman is a powerful social critique that touches on family, gender, and the chilling psychology of vengeance.
Selected in competition at Cannes 2016, The Salesman won the Best Screenplay award for Farhadi and Best Actor for Shahab Hosseini. Further honours include Best International Film at Munich Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film at the US National Board of Review Awards, Best Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the World Cinema Amsterdam Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at Mumbai Film Festival.
The Salesman is scheduled for Australian release nationally on Thursday 9 March 2017.