Art and Experience: “About the Salesman”, a documentary on Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama “The Salesman”, premiered at Tehran’s Charsu Cineplex on Wednesday.

Directed and produced by Vahid Sedaqat and Tahmineh Monzavi, the documentary shows how the idea of “The Salesman” began to form and how the various stages of production were completed.

Farhadi, actor Farid Sajjad-Hosseini and a number of film critics attended the premiere of the documentary.

In a brief speech made before the screening, Farhadi said, “Many words are said about my style of filmmaking, and this documentary clarifies the issue and shows that I do not do anything unusual or strange.

“Some wildly exaggerated claims have been made about my style of filmmaking, but this documentary shows that it is accessible and every individual can find his or her own method,” Farhadi said.

Film critic Shahrokh Dolku also attending the screening and talked about the documentary.

He said, “Making documentaries about the great films by great filmmakers is something common in the world. Some are made to attract larger audiences and some are commercials. While few are made for educational purposes, yet those are the best types.

“I always wanted to see how Farhadi makes his films and I know that the ways to deal with the actors and crew is of high significance. Therefore, ‘About the Salesman’ gives us this opportunity to learn things from Farhadi and to discover a part of his secrets and mysteries,” he added.

“About the Salesman” also shows top film critics such as Godfrey Cheshire, Peter Bradshaw, Fabio Ferzetti, Philippe Rouyer, Michel Ciment, Mehrzad Danesh and Hushang Golmakani commenting about the acclaimed movie.

“The Salesman” won the Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2017. In 2016, Farhadi won the award for best screenplay for this movie at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. It also brought Shahab Hosseini the Palme d’Or for best actor.

Source: Tehran Times