A sudden eruption of violence creates an atmosphere of simmering tension between a husband and wife, in this work of slow-burning domestic suspense from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are the troubled couple at the centre of The Salesman. Following the story’s initial traumatic events, things turn strange and tense between husband and wife. Feeling vengeful and confused, Emad plays detective, while rattled Rana gives him mysteriously mixed signals. Meanwhile, the two are performing as Willy and Linda Loman in an amateur production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and their onstage roles begin to resonate with their fractured lives in beguiling ways.
This screening is part of a nationwide series of preview screenings taking place on Oscars night in conjunction with the Mayor of London’s screening protesting Donald Trump’s travel ban, that is restricting the director from attending the awards ceremony, despite the film’s nomination.
The special preview will have a pre-recorded message from the director.