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Asghar Farhadi’s
A HERO

Opens Friday, January 7

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ASGHAR FARHADI

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Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from two-time Academy Award-winning writer/director Asghar Farhadi (A SEPARATION, THE SALESMAN) is set in the stunning, historic city of Shiraz, Iran. A sign-painter and calligrapher, Rahim is on two-day leave from debtors’ prison when he’s offered an unethical opportunity to change his fate. He wards off temptation and instead commits a selfless act. But his good deed goes viral, and with more visibility, his intentions come under intense public scrutiny. A suspenseful, intricately plotted parable, A HERO showcases Farhadi’s gift for finding universal moral relevance in the particularities of Iranian society – and here dramatizes the inherent dangers of social media.

2021    127 MINS.    IRAN/FRANCE IN FARSI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES    AMAZON STUDIOS

Reviews

“(A) deliciously ironic, exquisitely complex and mysteriously stirring tale.”
– Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“Terrific. comes on like a simple moral parable, then quickly reveals a more knotty philosophical design. A HERO might be his most morally, dramatically complex film since [A SEPARATION]. It has a comparable spider-web intricacy of plotting, introducing one complication after another, paying off every by-all-appearances minor detail.”
– A.A. Dowd, AV Club

“5/5 stars. Clear-eyed, precise and thrilling. Tense and thought-provoking. A superb morality play that immerses us deeply in a society’s values and rituals and keeps us guessing right to its powerful final shot.”
– Dave Calhoun, Time Out

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