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Spotlight on Iran

Oscar-winning Iranian film inspires a season at Tyneside Cinema – Spotlight on Iran 20 March – 4 April 2017


This March, Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema presents a specially curated season of Iranian films to mark the release of Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman‘, the Iranian drama which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

Titled ‘Spotlight On Iran’ the season showcases films from acclaimed Iranian filmmakers Abbas Kiarostami, Marjane Satrapi, Menahem Golan, Jafar Panahi and Asghar Farhadi.

The programme will also feature introductions from respected academics, including Dr Jacky Collins, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Cultures at Northumbria University. 

Tyneside Cinema’s Film Programmer Jonny Tull said:

‘We are delighted to present this season of excellent films from some of Iran’s greatest directors. These filmmakers have mined inspiration and hope through the challenging questions they ask of Iran’s politics and culture and this season gives North East audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in this world.’

Spotlight On Iran starts at Tyneside Cinema on Monday 20 March at 17:55 with a screening of Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us. 

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked online at, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema box office. 

Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman opens on Friday 17 March at Tyneside Cinema and will screen as part of their Spotlight strand, a programme which presents the best new features from around the world. 

The Salesman follows the story of a young couple of amateur actors as they prepare for opening night on their production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. However, a case of mistaken identity sees a violent incident throw their lives into turmoil and threatens to fracture their relationship irreparably.

The film was recently screened at a free outdoor show in London at Trafalgar Square on the night of the 2017 Oscars ceremony in protest of United States President Donald Trump’s executive order which blocked entry of citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries to the U.S.

Director Farhadi also boycotted the Oscars ceremony with Anousheh Ansari, known as the first female space tourist, representing him on the night.  Ansari read from a prepared statement Farhadi had written as part of his acceptance of the Best Foreign Language Film award which said in part, “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US.” 

To find out more about The Salesman and the Spotlight On Iran season visit



Spotlight On Iran Programme


The Wind Will Carry Us (U)

the wind will carry us

Plus introduction
MON 20 MARCH, 17:55
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami




Persepolis 12A

Plus introduction
WED 22 MARCH, 17:55
Directed by Marjane Satrapi




The Apple PG

the apple
Plus introduction from Jacky Collins
TUE 28 MARCH, 18:10
Directed by Menahem Golan




A Separation PG

a seperation
Plus introduction

SUN 2 APRIL, 14:30

Directed by Asghar Farhadi



Tazi Tehran 12A

taxi tehran
Plus introduction

TUE 4 APRIL, 18:10

Directed by Jafar Panahi.





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