Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, whose intricate dramas A Separation and The Salesman (MVFF 2016) both won Oscars®, returns with another gripping, incisive study of human frailty. In this year’s Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner, Rahim (Amir Jadidi) languishes in prison for an unpaid debt but hopes that he can pay what he owes after his girlfriend stumbles on a bag of gold coins. When the found money proves far more complicated than expected, Rahim’s unusual response sends A Hero on an unpredictable journey. Farhadi methodically maps out a moral dilemma, astutely examining how folk heroes put on pedestals can be quickly knocked off them. Jadidi’s excellent performance is one of increasing anxiety and nicely modulated ambiguity, and Farhadi constantly shifts our loyalties, resulting in a fascinating portrait of a world in which everyone owes something to someone. –Tim Grierson
In Farsi with English subtitles
Saturday, Oct 9, 7:00pm, BAMPFA
Sunday, Oct 10, 2:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi came to international prominence with A Separation (2011), winner of the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bear and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. His other films include The Past (2013), winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival; The Salesman (2016), another Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner; and Everybody Knows (2018).