Asghar Farhadi celebrates onstage after winning the Best Screenplay prize for his "The Salesman' at the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2016.
AFP / Valery Hache
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A political context larger than that of film itself swept Iran's "The Salesman" into the limelight and effectively solidified its win in the best foreign language category at the Oscars Sunday.It's the second Oscar for director Farhadi (and Iran), who won best foreign language Oscar for "A Separation" in 2012 .The ban, targeting predominantly Muslim countries, not only provoked Farhadi to announce he would not attend the ceremony, but an unprecedented show of solidary among the six nominated directors in the foreign language category.
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