Two-Time Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Strains Up New Movie ‘A Hero’, Memento To Launch Should-Have Arthouse Pic At EFM

EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi is heading into manufacturing on new movie A Hero, we are able to reveal.

The Farsi-language challenge will enter pre-production in two months and is because of shoot in Shiraz, Iran, this summer season. Paris-based Memento Movies Worldwide will launch world gross sales subsequent week on the EFM in Berlin, the place it’s certain to be among the many most prized arthouse tasks out there.


Plot particulars are being stored beneath wraps on the movie, which marks a return to Iran and his native language for The Salesman and A Separation director after Cannes opener All people Is aware of with Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. We hear the drama is suspenseful – in step with Farhadi’s oeuvre – and that the director can be working with well-known Iranian actors who haven’t labored with him earlier than.

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Producers are Farhadi and common collaborator Alexandre Mallet-Man of Memento Movies Manufacturing, which has made Farhadi’s final three movies. Memento Movies Distribution will launch the movie in France.


An English-language model of the script can be made accessible to consumers this week forward of the EFM. Farhadi additionally has a Greatest Screenplay Oscar nomination for A Separation and we hear this script is equally spectacular. Given the outstanding awards and field workplace success of Parasite, tasks like this one can be much more in-demand subsequent week.

“We’re proud to suggest a brand new sensible movie challenge by nice writer Asghar Farhadi,” stated Alexandre Moreau, VP Gross sales and Advertising and marketing at Memento, which has bought 5 Farhadi movies. “He’s a constant director, and a grasp of suspense which at all times attracts audiences to theaters. The script is completely fascinating and tackles many modern problems with our fashionable societies.”

Pageant favorite Farhadi, who the New York Instances has referred to as Iran’s best director, is one in every of solely six filmmakers to win the worldwide Oscar a number of occasions, and he’s the one director to have achieved the feat for the reason that early 1980s.

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His movies, together with Oscar winners The Salesman and A Separation (which grossed $23M worldwide and greater than $7M in U.S.), are famend for his or her sensible commentary of sophistication, gender and non secular buildings, notably in Iran. Usually expertly acted, his refined options usually painting intractable conflicts and arguments which drive characters to replicate on the ethical grounds of their very own choices. When The Salesman received the overseas language Oscar in 2016, Farhadi famously declined to attend the occasion in protest at Trump’s journey ban.

Memento will even be in Berlin with the pageant’s opening movie, My Salinger 12 months, starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley.