Asghar Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini awarded at Cannes Film Festival
In The Photo (L-R) Alexandre Mallet-Guy, director Asghar Farhadi, Hanaa Issa and Doha Film Institue CEO Fatma Al Remaihi pose prior to the “The Salesman (Forushande)”, Premiere at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2016 in Cannes, France.
Iranian Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi and actor Shahab Hosseini have won the rewards for the best screenplay and the best actor at Cannes respectively.
Starring Hosseini, “The Salesman” got the Best Screenplay during the 69th edition of the festival Sunday and brought the Iranian superstar the Best Actor.
Iranian actress Taraneh Alidousti was also present at the closing ceremony of the festival in the southern French city.
Premiered Saturday, the movie (titled Forushande in Persian) portrays Ra’ana (Alidousti) and Emad (Hosseini), a couple who are acting in the Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.
Shot in the capital Tehran, it deals with the husband’s situation after an attack on his wife.
“This prize belongs to my people, so I give it to them,” Hosseini said.
The 42-year-old actor won Silver Bear for Best Actor as well as Fajr Film Festival Simorgh for Best Actor for another film by Farhadi, Nader and Simin, A Separation, in 2011.