Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman' Wins Best International Film Award at Munich Festival

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'The Salesman'

'All Three of Us,' the directorial debut of French-Iranian comic Kheiron, takes the fest's audience award.

Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama The Salesman has won the ARRI/Osram Award for best international film at the Munich Film Festival.

The feature, which premiered in May at Cannes, where it picked up best screenplay honors, is a story of jealousy and revenge in modern-day Tehran set against a theater performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. It stars Shahab Hosseini, who won the best actor prize at Cannes for his performance, alongside Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi and Mina Sadati.

All Three of Us, an autobiographical family drama from Iranian-French comedian Kheiron, won Munich's audience award, presented by German TV network Bayern 2 and national newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. The pic traces the experiences of Kheiron's parents, father Hibat (played by Kheiron in the film) and mother Fereshteh (Leila Bekhti), who are forced to flee Iran following the Revolution, eventually settling in a rough Paris banlieue.

Dinky Slinky, the first feature from German director Mareille Klein, picked up the Fipresci Prize, awarded by the international association of film critics. The dramedy, which centers on a woman desperate to become pregnant who gets dumped by her boyfriend, also nabbed the German Cinema New Talent Award for best screenplay at the Munich fest.

Another first-time director, France's Houda Benyamina, won the Cinevision Award for best international newcomer in Munich for her debut Divines, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes.