Art and Experience: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked “The Salesman” by Asghar Farhadi from Iran for the shortlist of pictures competing in the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 89th Oscars.
The shortlist was chosen by a group of Academy members, and will be whittled down to five nominees by an Academy committee in January.
A Memento production, “The Salesman” is about Emad and Rana who move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant dramatically changes the young couple’s life.
The film brought Farhadi the award for best screenplay and the Palme d’Or for best actor for Shahab Hosseini at the 69th Cannes Film Festival this year.
Farhdi’s “About Elly” represented Iranian cinema at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in 2010, but it did not receive a nomination.
One year later, his “A Separation”, a drama about a breakup, won Iran its first and only ever Oscar.
Following is the other eight films on the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist.
“Tanna” by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Australia), “It’s Only the End of the World,” by Xavier Dolan (Canada), “Land of Mine” by Martin Zandvliet (Denmark), “Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade (Germany), “The King’s Choice” by Erik Poppe (Norway), “Paradise” by Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia), “A Man Called Ove” by Hannes Holm (Sweden), and “My Life as a Zucchini” by Claude Barras (Switzerland).