The film on Sunday 11th March at 8pm will be The Salesman (Iran. 2017. Director Asghar Farhadi. Cert. 12. 2hr 4mins).
Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the centre of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Rana and Emad, 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 ill repute. One of her clients pays a visit to the apartment one night while Rana is alone, and the aftermath turns the peaceful life of the couple upside down.
Writing in the Guardian, Wendy Ide says, ‘Asghar Farhadi is not a director who hides his symbolic subtext. With a writer-director less skilled than Farhadi, this occasional lack of subtlety might be a problem. But Farhadi, who won his second foreign language Oscar with this film, the first being for A Separation, has an unparalleled gift for pacing, snaring us with well-timed reveals that subtly shift the story on its axis. While there may have been a political aspect to this second win – Farhadi chose to boycott the ceremony in response to the Trump administration’s travel ban – there is no question that this film deserved it. There is perhaps no director more adept at capturing the unfolding stories of ordinary people when the drama of their lives runs away with them’.