Forushande, which marks Farhadi's seventh feature, follows a young couple whose relationship abruptly turns violent. The movie examines the slow transformation of a calm and inoffensive man into an uncompromising and cruel human being.
"As in my previous films, Forushande addresses how social challenges can propel the downfall of some people," said Farhadi.
In 2013, Farhadi spoke to SBS about his fascination for stories of families in crisis - and of exploring the stories with the help of his wife, fellow director Parisa Bakhtavar.
"I feel that family gives the appearance of a simple sample of a large society and it allows you, through the relationships in a family, to depict issues that are much wider and much more complex," he said (full interview here)