Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ wins top prize at Munich Film Festival
Art and Experience: Iranian drama ‘The Salesman’ by Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi on Sat. scooped the top prize at the 34th Munich Film Festival in Germany.
‘The Salesman’ was awarded the 50,000-euro (56,300 dollars) prize for best international film during the closing ceremony of the 10-day run festival.
“We decided to give this award to a film that while being contemporary, has an international vision and most importantly, a lookout to the future. A story full of excitement and wonders. A film about what we are or could be as a human being,” the jury panel said in a statement on granting ‘The Salesman’ with the best international film award.
‘The Salesman’ narrates the story of Emad and Rana who, forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.
Farhadi’s latest flick has recently won Best Actor and Best Screenplay in Cannes.
Over 200 films from 62 countries were screened in what is Germany’s second-most important cinema industry event after the wintertime Berlinale, held on June 23 to July 2 in the German city of Munich.
In addition to ‘The Salesman’, ‘Avalanche’ by Morteza Farshbaf and ‘Yahya Didn’t Keep Quiet’ by Kaveh Ebrahimpour also participated as International Independents in the festival. Iranian top actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya who starred in both films was in Munich to present her films in person.