The Salesman

Presented in conjunction with The Seventh Art Stand

With a set by DJ Carlos Niño!

When it was announced that The Salesman won Best Foreign Language Oscar back in February 2017, it was not helmer Asghar Farhadi who accepted the statue but a female member of the Iranian-American community, who clarified the filmmaker’s boycott of the ceremony as a protest of Trump’s travel ban. “I believe,” Farhadi said in a statement, “that the similarities among the human beings on this earth and its various lands… far outweigh their differences.” Expect nothing short of this same empathy echoing throughout this subtle yet engrossing observation of suffering by way of a whodunit, set in present day Iran. Fans of the construct of All About My Mother will enjoy a similar peek into the back – and on-stage lives of actors as a Tehran-based troupe rehearses and stages Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman – albeit divergent from Almodovar’s in its rooted neorealism, and naturally closer in tone to Farhadi’s previous A Separation (2012). This play-within-a-film offers parallel themes of humiliation (you’ll recognize our Willy Loman as soon as you meet him) and family trauma as the walls literally crumble around seemingly sound relationships.

Dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2016, DCP, 125 min.

THE SEVENTH ART STAND is a nationwide screening and discussion series presented by 50+ theaters, museums, and community centers in 25 states, as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia.

This is an ACTIVATED event.