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The best foreign language win for Farhadi's "A Separation" prompted nationwide celebration as millions of Iranians burned the midnight oil to watch the director, then 40, accepting the award.The filmmaker once again finds himself as a cultural go-between, representing Iran in Hollywood with his latest film, "The Salesman," picked by his country as its 2017 entry for the foreign film Oscar.As with "A Separation," Farhadi's new film presents a nuanced Tehran that looks beyond the firebrand mullahs and morality police seen on Western televisions and into the lives of ordinary people.As well as winning the best foreign language film Oscar and Golden Globe, it was nominated by the Academy for its screenplay, earning the director a place among the filmmaking elite.
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