Art and Experience: Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed drama “The Salesman” won a Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Friday night.
The movie 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.
It is Iran’s submission to the 89th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category.
The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to “Sieranevada” by Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu who also received the Silver Hugo Best Director.
Adrian Titieni was presented the Silver Hugo Best Actor for his role in “Graduation”, a joint production of France and Romania directed by Cristian Mungiu who also won the Silver Plaque for best screenwriter.
The Silver Hugo Best Actress went to Rebecca Hall for her role in “Christine”, the American-British biographical film directed by Antonio Campos.
The festival continues through October 27, with several films yet to be screened.