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7:30pm International Film Series: “The Salesman (Forushande)”
November 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
The Salesman (Forushande) (2016, Iran/France, directed and written by Ashgar Farhadi, 124 min.)
Emad Etesami (Shahab Hosseini), a teacher, and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are both amateur actors in a production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” when a structural disaster makes their apartment building in Tehran unsafe. Fellow actor Babak (Babak Karimi) helps them find a new apartment where one room is blocked off with vague, mysterious, references to its previous occupant. Home alone one night, Rana is assaulted after unlocking the door, thinking Emad had returned home. Traumatized, she does not want the police involved. Emad becomes obsessed with solving the crime on his own, eventually tracking down The Man (Farid Sajjad Hosseini). Deep emotions, from revenge to compassion, create life-changing tensions between husband and wife in this psychological-moral drama about how one man’s anger and damaged self-esteem drive him to the brink of destroying his marriage. Winner of the 2017 Foreign Language Oscar. Director Farhadi previously won an Oscar for “A Separation.”