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Iran nominates Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman for 2017 Oscar

Iran has nominated a film by the country's Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for the next Academy Awards.

Filmmaker won best screenplay at Cannes this year and scored Iran's first Oscar in 2012 for A Separation

Director Asghar Farhadi poses for photographers after winning the Best Screenplay award for the film Forushande (The Salesman) at the Cannes Film Festival May 22. (Lionel Cironneau/The Associated Press)

Iran has nominated a film by the country's Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi for the next Academy Awards.

The Saturday report says the Farabi Foundation, affiliated to Iran's Culture Ministry, chose The Salesman, which won two prizes at the Cannes film festival in May.

Lead actor Shahab Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor and Farhadi won the award for best screenplay.

The movie is about a pair of actors rehearsing for a performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The couple's lives are upended when the woman is mistaken for a prostitute and sexually assaulted.

In 2012, Farhadi received Iran's first Oscar when A Separation won best foreign film.

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