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36th Annual Film Series Presents 2017 Oscar Winner ‘The Salesman,’ Feb. 18

Viewing Notes for The Salesman

The 36th Annual Film Series continues Sunday, February 18, 2 pm with The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi, Iran (2016), 124 min.

A heart-pounding drama from the beloved director of A Separation and Fireworks Wednesday, The Salesman introduces us to Emad and Rana, two married actors performing in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Life is looking good for the couple professionally, but their home life is disrupted, and when Rana is assaulted while alone in their new apartment, the two are forced on an emotional journey that threatens their careers, marriage, and moral center. With engaging lead performances and a sharp screenplay, the film offers a complex portrait of instability leading to one of the most suspenseful and thought-provoking climaxes in cinematic history. The most requested film on last year’s evaluation form, The Salesman won the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and marks Farhadi’s fifth picture shown by the Film Institute.

The Film Institute is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment and OKCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.

A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay.

Praise for The Salesman

“It is by any measure a great film, a quiet, yet overwhelmingly intense production that forces us to recalibrate our notion of what suspenseful cinema can mean and do.” Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Every moment holds a revelation. Characters are quickly stripped so bare, emotionally, audiences may feel they need to look away.” Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger constantly shifting perspective in clandestine battles.” Jake Coyle, Associated Press

For more films in the 2017-2018 series, read more HERE.