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Trailer Watch: Oscar-Nominated Asghar Farhadi Directs Bérénice Bejo In ‘The Past’

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The PastDo you guys know what day is today? It’s Trailer Monday, folks, at least for us at Entertainment Tell. But we couldn’t have only focused on movies bound to become commercial hits and very likely to disappoint the critics, right?

Which is why we’re also bringing you the trailer for the upcoming French-Iranian drama “The Past” (“Le passé”). This doesn’t have a US distribution deal yet (and it might never get one), but there are at least two reasons film buffs should be excited about it.

Reason number one – Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director-writer that has impressed the film world with the 2011 Oscar-winning “A Separation”. And reason number two – Bérénice Bejo, the lovely French actress that was nominated for a supporting actress Academy Award last year, even though she was as important for “The Artist” as Jean Dujardin.

I said at least two reasons, because Bejo is not the only name in The Past’s cast that’s going to raise a flag with arthouse audiences. You might have also heard of Tahar Rahim, Bejo’s co-lead and the leading actor in the 2009 Oscar nominated “A Prophet”.

As for this arty drama’s trailer, the thing is in French, so it’s a little hard to decipher for the regular Joe. But we’re getting a good vibe from the clip, as the atmosphere is tense enough to make us hope Farhadi has another winner in his hands. Anyone planning on flying to France to check out the May 15 premiere?

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