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Cannes: Amazon, Cohen Media Group Nab Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

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Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group have landed domestic rights to Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” Variety has learned.

The Iranian director is best known for “A Separation,” which earned critical raves when it debuted in 2011, as well as an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and a best screenplay nomination.

“The Salesman” follows a young couple who are forced out of their apartment building in Tehran and who find themselves inextricably linked to the previous tenant of their new home. It will debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Farhadi’s most recent film, 2013’s “The Past” competed for the Palme d’Or and earned Berenice Bejo the best actress prize. His other credits include “About Elly” and “The Beautiful City.”

Amazon has been a major presence at this year’s Cannes, screening five films in competition, including Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.” They have also been active on the acquisitions front, beating out A24 for rights to Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here” with Joaquin Phoenix and buying North American rights to Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo.”

Memento produced the film and handles international sales. Memento will also distribute “The Salesman” in France on Nov.2.