Iran Sends Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Hero’ To International Oscar Race

'A Hero' Memento

Iran has chosen Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero as its entry for this year’s International Oscar category.

Farhadi is a two-time Oscar winner for A Separation and The Salesman. This is the fifth time he has represented Iran in the race, making him the joint most submitted director from the country with Majid Majidi.

A Hero debuted at Cannes to strong reviews and won the festival’s Grand Prix prize in its main competition. The film stars Amir Jadidi as a man who is in prison because of a debt he is unable to pay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum, but things don’t go as planned.

Memento International is handling international sales and Memento Production is producing, with Amazon Studios previously picking up U.S. rights in a deal with UTA & Memento.

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