In Asghar Farhadi's latest masterwork on domestic discord, a couple, Emad and Rana, have just moved into a new apartment. When a violent occurrence mars their housewarming — Rana is attacked by an intruder — Emad takes it upon himself to seek revenge on the perpetrator. A cell phone, a set of keys and a pickup truck lurking down the street are all clues Emad discovers in his investigation, but when he ultimately stumbles upon the culprit, this whodunit is suddenly undercut by the greater issue of what Emad must do with new, startling information. Observant, neorealist and fueled by slow-burn suspense, THE SALESMAN is a brilliant work of character-driven complexity. — Beth Hanna
Asghar Farhadi was born in Iran in 1972. He studied at the University of Tehran, where he directed six short films and wrote and directed two television series. His films include the Oscar®-winning A SEPARATION, THE PAST, ABOUT ELLY and this year's THE SALESMAN, which won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.