LOS ANGELES (AP) – Iran’s “The Salesman” has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
It is the second win in the category for writer-director Asghar Farhadi, who previously won for 2011’s “A Separation.” He boycotted the Oscars in protest of the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration.
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In a statement read on his behalf, Farhadi wrote that filmmakers create empathy between others, and that is more needed today than ever.
“The Salesman” is a thriller about a married couple’s attempts to find peace and justice in Tehran after the wife is attacked in her apartment.
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