The Salesman

  • Screening Dates: 24th August, 6 pm  //  31st August, 8 pm
  • Starring: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti
  • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
  • Running time: 125 mins
  • Rating: M - sexual content
  • Language: Farsi with English subtitles


Schoolteacher Emad [Shahab Hosseini] and his wife, Rana [Taraneh Alidoosti], are amateur actors playing the unhappy salesman Willy Loman and his wife, Linda in a government censored version of Arthur Miller’s famed play Death of a Salesman. Emad and Rana have had to move into a new apartment because their old building is structurally unsafe – a metaphor for their lives, perhaps. The new flat was once rented by a woman working as a prostitute, and one day when she is alone there, Rana casually buzzes in a caller she assumes is her husband. Soon we are in a hospital, where a frantic Emad sees his wife getting stitches in her head, badly injured. As he pieces together what happened, the wounded husband becomes more and more obsessed with finding the real guilty party. While Rana makes a shaky recovery, increasingly, her violation is harshest felt by Emad – his anger and damage to his self-worth, manhood and ego drive him to the brink of destroying the very thing he ostensibly most wants to protect: his marriage. Within this film, the impotent rage felt by the couple is just as powerful as in the classic American play.

“The new movie from the masterly Iranian director of A Separation and The Past is another finely cut gem of neorealist suspense”.       – Owen Gleiberman, Variety