A Hero (Ghahreman)

Dir: Asghar Farhadi (2020)

 

WINNER: GRAND PRIX, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2021

WINNER: FRANCOIS CHALAIS PRIZE, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2021

WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY, NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

WINNER: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

WINNER: ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING: ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS

WINNER: BEST MOTION PICTURE, HAFEZ AWARDS 

NOMINATION: IRANIAN ENTRY, THE 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS. 

Fresh from taking out the Grand Prix award at Cannes, widely celebrated two-time Academy Award winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is back with a new complex morality tale that many are calling his best since the Oscar Winning A Separation.

A richly textured take on gossip, social media and public perception, A HERO follows Rahim (the brilliant Amir Jadidi) a down and out calligrapher who is stuck in prison for a debt he is unable to pay. When he is unexpectedly granted a two-day release, Rahim is presented with a golden opportunity to pay off his debt and secure his freedom.

But much like life itself, things don’t go as planned. In what is a Farhadi house style, moral conundrums suddenly abound. One simple decision sees Rahim celebrated, but quickly people, including importantly his creditor, begin to question the humble prisoner’s story. Tense, unpredictable and darkly funny, the drama that ensues is vintage Farhadi – all the way to the final scene. A frequent entry in many major outlet’s top 10 lists, the master auteur has once again made one of the most eagerly anticipated cinematic gems of the year.

 

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Year: 2020

Country: Iran / France

Language: Farsi

Run Time: 127 MIN

Rating: PG

“Asghar Farhadi’s tale of family, community, and debts cranks up the moral suspense until we can hardly breathe.” – NEW YORKER

“A riveting movie that must be seen.” DEADLINE

 “A Hero is Farhadi at his best” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

“A Hero might be Farhadi’s most morally, dramatically complex film since A Separation. – A.V. CLUB.

“A Hero is both moral fable and mousetrap” – THE VULTURE

“This is film-making at its very best – A+” – THE MCGUFFIN

“Asghar Farhadi’s best film since A Separation” – INDIEWIRE

“Powerful moral drama from a master of Iranian cinema – 4 stars” THE GUARDIAN

“..an astute, subversively funny film.” – WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Superb new film, a knotty morality tale” – SALON.COM

“Farhadi, as usual, cuts deeper than the surface” – ASIAN MOVIE PULSE

“A drama full of ambiguities and complexities – 4 stars” – WSWS

“A smart & engrossing film” – THE DECIDER

“A bubbling thriller – 4 stars” – AUSTIN CHRONICLE

 

 

 

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