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The Hope College Knickerbocker Winter Film Series will continue with the Academy Award-nominated “The Salesman” showing Monday-Saturday, Feb. 13-18, at 7:30 p.m.

The film is up for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s Academy Awards and was nominated in the same category for a Golden Globe award. “The Salesman,” originally titled “Forushande,” is a 2016 Iranian-French film directed by Asghar Farhardi.

“The Salesman” focuses on a young couple, Emad, played by Shahab Hosseini, and Rana, played by Taraneh Alidoosti, who play the lead roles in their city’s rendition of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” However, after being forced to relocate and moving to a house with an untasteful history, Rana is attacked. Coping with the attack and the aftermath takes a toll on Emad and Rana’s personal relationship, all while they rehearse for their respective roles in the community play.

The film is rated PG-13, and is in Persian with English subtitles.

Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote that “The new movie…is another finely cut gem of neorealist suspense.” Jo-Ann Titmarsh of HeyUGuys wrote that it is “an intelligent and interesting film,” and Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter called the film’s finale “masterful.”

Following “The Salesman,” the Knickerbocker Winter Film Series will continue with “The Eagle Huntress,” showing Monday-Saturday, March 13-18; and “Things to Come,” showing Monday-Saturday, March 27-April 1. All films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the individual films are $7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children. Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available in advance at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.