Starts Thu 9 Jun at:
Straight from the Cannes Competition: the latest feature from celebrated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, Sydney Film Prize 2011, Oscar Best Foreign Language Film 2012) is a tale of redemption, veneration and modern morality.
Rahim is in jail because he was unable to pay a debt. He secures a two-day leave of absence from prison, during which he hopes to convince his creditor to withdraw the complaint. But things don't go as planned. With A Hero, Farhadi returns to Iran and his native language Farsi, following his 2018 Spanish feature Everybody Knows. One of the few directors to have won two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, critics have praised Farhadi's ability to weave moral ambiguity into intimate and intense dramas and stories of official intransigence. With A Hero, starring actor Amir Jadidi (Zero Day) and actor-screenwriter-director Mohsen Tanabandeh (The Oath), Farhadi has added yet another exceptional title to his highly accomplished filmography.
Persian language with English subtitles
Critics are saying...
★★★★★ "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." Time Out
★★★★ "In Mr. Farhadi's hands it's a deliciously ironic, exquisitely complex and mysteriously stirring tale of a man, his son and family, and the staining of multiple reputations by what seems, at the outset, to be a fairly minor lie." Wallstreet Journal
★★★★ "There's never just one central drama in an Asghar Farhadi film. The Iranian auteur finds ways to bring multiple story lines and culpability together." Toronto Star
"A truly compelling drama anchored by the remarkable central performance of Amir Jadidi as a man who is almost undone by one selfless gesture that goes viral." Screen International
"The brilliance of Jadidi’s performance isn’t in his soft likeability, but rather in the character’s performance of it; how Rahim leans into it, pushes against it, and tries to pull himself out from a tailspin of bad decisions even as he keeps making them worse" IndieWire
“A demonstrative examination of the way our raising of heroes onto social media pedestals diminishes the messy, sometimes impenetrable truth of human lives.” Slant
Winner: Grand Prix. Cannes Film Festival 2021
Winner: Best Achievment in Directing. Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2021