The HR analyst Scott Feinberg believes ‘A Hero’ is a strong bet to become the Iranian entry for the best international feature Oscar.
“That looks almost certain to change given the response by audiences (voluminous applause) and critics (nearly universal raves) to ‘A Hero’, a neorealist drama about morality, honor and, yes, social media, in present-day Iran, which Amazon is set to release stateside in the fall,” Feinberg writes.
“Farhadi has crafted a complex tale that seems frighteningly plausible, given that every character has proper justification for their actions, even as those actions collide to the benefit of no one. A Separation came from a similarly intricate script, and brought Farhadi a best original screenplay Oscar nom. The same outcome seems likely for this script. And I wouldn’t discount the possibility of a directing nom, either. ‘A Hero’ is Farhadi at his best,” he adds.
The film is about Rahim (Amir Jadidi), a working-class man separated from his first wife, with whom he has a stuttering young son, who has spent three years incarcerated for defaulting on a debt, but is given leave for two days, during which he tries to turn around his fortunes, but quickly finds himself caught in a web of white lies.
Farhadi helmed two previous winners of the Oscar, A Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016), and thrice previously premiered films on the Croisette with The Past (2013), ‘The Salesman’ and ‘Everybody Knows’ (2018).