You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Triumphs at Munich Film Festival

Asghar Farhadi, who nabbed the Berlin Golden Bear and an Oscar for 2011’s “A Separation,” has won the international film prize at the Munich Film Festival with his latest pic, Cannes competition title “The Salesman.”

The pic, starring Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini, centers on Emad and Rana, who move to a new apartment in the center of Tehran, where an incident linked to the previous tenant dramatically changes their lives.

The CineMasters Selection jury, comprised of actress Pegah Ferydoni, producer Stephane Tchalgadjieff and former Munich mayor Christian Ude, said the French-Iranian film was “contemporary and yet universal and, most importantly, an opening to the future. A story that was both thrilling and full of surprises.”

The jury congratulated the filmmaker on presenting “an alternative to the predominant masculine approach of attempting to solve problems with violence and revenge.” The jury added: “The beauty we found in the film is that it shows a path towards solutions through the feminine way of thinking and feeling, with an intelligence not only … of the mind, but also the heart.”

A special mention was given to Amos Gitai’s documentary “Rabin The Last Day.” The film looks at the last day in the life of Israeli politician Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by an ultra-orthodox law student who saw Rabin as a traitor. The jury said the pic “sends a powerful message that does not only concern the Middle East — but us all.”

The Cinevision Award, which honors an international film made by a newcomer, was won by Houda Benyamina’s “Divines.” Benyamina also won the Golden Camera in Cannes for best newcomer.

The film “portrays a world in which the first imperative is to get rich regardless of the consequences,” the jury said. “The main character, Dunya — forcefully embodied by Oulaya Amamra — represents the hopeless situation of youth in the French banlieues [ghettos]. To escape, crime seems to be the only way out.”

The jury, which comprised Max Wagner, assistant director of Munich’s Gasteig cultural center, actress Sibylle Canonica and producer Amir Hamz, added: “Every scene reflects the two main themes of the film: the sober indifference of a bleak environment and the vigor of the people who wish to assert themselves in these surroundings.”

A special mention went to Pietro Marcello’s “Bella E Perduta.”

The Fipresci prize went to Mareille Klein’s “Dinky Sinky,” the audience award went to Kheiron’s “All Three of Us,” and the Kinderfilmfest audience award was won by Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf’s “At Eye Level.”

More Film

  • Jim Jarmusch in 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    Film Review: 'Carmine Street Guitars'

    “Carmine Street Guitars” is a one-of-a-kind documentary that exudes a gentle, homespun magic. It’s a no-fuss, 80-minute-long portrait of Rick Kelly, who builds and sells custom guitars out of a modest storefront on Carmine Street in New York’s Greenwich Village, and the film touches on obsessions that have been popping up, like fragrant weeds, in [...]

  • Missing Link Laika Studios

    ‘Missing Link’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Annapurna Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Missing Link.” Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.91 million through Sunday for [...]

  • Little Woods

    Film Review: 'Little Woods'

    So much of the recent political debate has focused on the United States’ southern border, and on the threat of illegal drugs and criminals filtering up through Mexico. But what of the north, where Americans traffic opiates and prescription pills from Canada across a border that runs nearly three times as long? “Little Woods” opens [...]

  • Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping

    Beyonce's Netflix Deal Worth a Whopping $60 Million (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has become a destination for television visionaries like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, with deals worth $100 million and $250 million, respectively, and top comedians like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle ($40 million and $60 million, respectively). The streaming giant, which just announced it’s added nearly 10 million subscribers in Q1, is honing in [...]

  • Roman Polanski extradition

    Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: 'Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable'

    UPDATE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the organization behind the Oscars. “The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said. The Academy’s statement [...]

  • Lorraine Warren dead

    Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigator Who Inspired 'The Conjuring,' Dies at 92

    Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator and demonologist whose life inspired franchises like “The Conjuring” and “The Amityville Horror,” has died. She was 92. Warren’s son-in-law Tony Spera confirmed the news. Spera said on Facebook, “She died peacefully in her sleep at home.” He continued, “She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content