Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s THE SALESMAN has been acquired by Amazon Studios who will partner with Cohen Media Group for domestic distribution. The film joins a streak of indie film pick ups for the studio at Cannes. They previously nabbed Wonderstruck from Todd Haynes, The Wall from Doug Limon, and You Were Never Really There from Lynne Ramsay.
The film is the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Farhadi wrote and directed the project. He previously wrote and directed A Separation, which won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Since then he released The Past, starring Berenice Bejo and Tahar Rahim, through Sony Pictures Classics.
Heading into the festival, Amazon brought Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden, and the documentary Gimme Danger. The large list gives Amazon the biggest studio presence at Cannes this year.
Farhadi is repped by UTA.
Emily J | Staff Writer