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Asghar Farhadi gets standing ovation at Cannes fest

Audiences at the Cannes Film Festival stand up to applause director of ‘A Hero’, Asghar Farhadi.

Audiences at the Cannes Film Festival have stood up to applause the director of ‘A Hero’, Asghar Farhadi.

The flick was premiered at the 2021 edition of the Cannes event in France.

“Ghahreman, the "hero" is Rahim (Amir Jadidi), in prison because of an unpaid debt. While he is on leave, the woman he loves, who believes in him, convinces him to try to pay it off with a bag loaded with money that she found. His decision has repercussions which transform the protagonist into a hero,” a review by Charlotte Pavard reads.

“As he does in all his films, Asghar Farhadi takes his character right to the limit: a young man full of hope who always thinks that everything will turn out all right, who discovers from experience the pitfalls of media attention,” it adds.

The film, screened on July 13 at the fest, was shot in Shiraz, the ancient capital of Persia in the south of Iran, and one of the country's cultural and artistic capitals.

“Rahim is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don't go as planned,” a synopsis for ‘A Hero’ reads.

The world sales of ‘A Hero’ began by Paris-based Memento Films International in February during the European Film Market in Berlin. The French production and sales outfit has collaborated with Farhadi on his last three films.

The 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is underway and will wrap up today.

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