Oscars: Iran Selects Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman' for Foreign-Language Category

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The film earned two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has submitted the latest film by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for Academy Award consideration in the foreign-language category.

The Saturday report says the Farabi Foundation, affiliated to Iran's Culture Ministry, chose The Salesman, which won two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Shahab Hosseini won the Palme d'Or for best lead actor and Farhadi won the prize for best screenplay.

The movie focuses on a pair of actors rehearsing for a performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The couple's lives are upended when the woman is mistaken for a prostitute and sexually assaulted.

In 2012, Farhadi received Iran's first Oscar when A Separation won best foreign film honors.