Amazon claims rights to Asghar Farhadi’s movie ‘A Hero’

Amazon Studios purchased the US rights to two Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi’s movie “A Hero”, which was shot in Shiraz, Iran and is currently in post production. Amazon Studios plans to release “A Hero” later in the year, targeting the 2022 awards season. UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal with Memento Films International on behalf of the film production team.

“A Hero” is one of the potential competition films for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film features well-known Iranian actors and has a script that is still hidden. Memento Films International said the script “addresses many of the current problems of our modern societies.” The expected Persian film marks Farhadi’s return to his hometown Iran. He previously directed the Golden Bear winner “A Separation” in Berlin and “The Salesman”, both of which won an Oscar for best foreign film.

This project will be the second Farhadi film to be directed by Amazon Studios after “The Salesman”, which made its world premiere in Cannes in 2016 and won two awards for best screenplay and actor (for Shahab Hosseini). “The Salesman”, which won an Oscar for best foreign film, also won BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. “The Salesman” was jointly acquired by Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group.

Farhadi most recently directed the Spanish drama “Everybody Knows” starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, which opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The film was nominated for the Goya Awards for best film, director, actor, actress and script. Farhadi is the producer of “A Hero” with his regular colleague Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Memento Films Production, where he worked with Farhadi on his last three films.

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