Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN -- Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed drama "The Salesman" won a Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Friday night.
Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize: The Salesman, dir. Asghar Farhadi - Iran
A film that gives us unique insight into the problems that arise from a case of sexual assault and the way an Iranian society deals with it. At the same time, the film is an immensely powerful tale of revenge that is universal and, in this case, told in a realistic way which features extremely painful dilemmas. It is a tale which uncovers the human condition on many levels. The Special Jury Prize goes to The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi.
The movie is about Emad and Rana who move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant dramatically changes the young couple's life.
It is Iran's submission to the 89th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category.
Photo: Taraneh Alidusti acts in a scene from The Salesman
The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to "Sieranevada" by Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu who also received the Silver Hugo Best Director.
Adrian Titieni was presented the Silver Hugo Best Actor for his role in "Graduation", a joint production of France and Romania directed by Cristian Mungiu who also won the Silver Plaque for best screenwriter.
The Silver Hugo Best Actress went to Rebecca Hall for her role in "Christine", the American-British biographical film directed by Antonio Campos.
The festival continues through October 27, with several films yet to be screened.
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