Cannes: Amazon, Cohen Media Take Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman'

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'The Salesman'

The competition title has yet to debut at the festival.

Amazon and Cohen Media Group are closing in on a deal for rights to Cannes competition entry The Salesman from foreign-language film Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi.

The latest from the Iranian director (A Separation) follows a young couple forced out of its apartment in Tehran. The partners find themselves  linked to the previous tenant of their new home.

The competition title has yet to debut at the festival.

The film is the latest title acquired by Amazon, which has made a splash on the Croisette and emerged as a major player.

Amazon is screening five films in competition, including Woody Allen’s opening night film Cafe Society, and has bought such other films as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Sony Pictures Classics handled A Separation, which won the foreign-language Oscar, and The Past, which debuted in competition at Cannes in 2013, for the filmmaker.

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