2017 Academy Award Winner: Best Foreign Language Film
After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.
“(Director Asghar) Farhadi opens a window into his own society that offers a universal view of the emotional rivalries within the human heart. Neither America nor Iran could ask any more of an artist.” — The Globe and Mail
“Not since Pedro Almodóvar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, which brilliantly re-engineered A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, has a classic of the American stage been put to such ingenious cinematic use. Mr. Farhadi’s control is astonishing, as is the discipline of the actors. Their final scenes are at once riveting and hard to watch. Attention, as someone once said, must be paid.” — A. O. Scott, The New York Times
Winner: Best Foreign Language Feature, 2017 Academy Awards