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Need to know: The cinema of Asghar Farhadi

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“Farhadi is different from the older generation of Iranian masters such as Kiarostami and Makhmalbaf. The points of reference are probably more European.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Over the relatively short career of seven feature films, Asghar Farhadi has become recognised as a master filmmaker both internationally and within his native Iran.

He is cited as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2012, is the winner of countless international film prizes and is the only Iranian filmmaker to win an Academy Award® in any of the competitive categories. On the eve of his new film, The Salesman, we present this astounding collection of urban tales from Asghar Farhadi.

There are a number of themes that reoccur across Farhadi's cinematic landscape. These tales of urban society all offer prominence to private spaces where characters can flex their emotional muscles and bare their souls. Domestic settings also provide Farhadi with an opportunity to truly explore class relations. Quite apart from simply depicting the reality of his society, these class interactions provide much of the rich complexion to these films.

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