Rolling off its world premiere in competition in Cannes, where it won best actor (for Shahab Hosseini) and director, “The Salesman” has been lauded by critics and has sold nearly worldwide.
While in Cannes, Memento sold the anticipated drama to Amazon and Cohen Media Group for North America. Other deals were signed for Canada (Elevation), Australia and New Zealannd (Hi Gloss Entertainment), Argentina (Alfa Films), Brazil (Providence Filmes) and Mexico (Cinema Nueva Era), China (Edko, iQIYI), Thailand (Sahamongkol), Japan (Doma Inc), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), South Korea (Challan) and Israel (Lev Cinema). European deals were inked with Spain (Golem), Italy (Lucky Red), Benelux (Cinéart), Scandinavia and Iceland (Scanbox), among other sales.
Described by Variety’s Owen Gleiberman as a “finely cut gem of neorealist suspense,” “The Salesman” turns on a young couple, Emad and Rana, who are forced out of their apartment and move into a new flat in Tehran center, where they face an incident that will change their lives.
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“The Salesman” marks Farhadi’s follow-up to Berenice Bejo starrer “The Past” and the Oscar-winning “A Separation.”
Memento co-produced “The Salesman” and will release it in France in Nov.9.