Kicking off the festival with a screening Sunday (AFI Silver, 5:15 p.m., $13), “The Salesman” is the story of a man who turns amateur detective after his wife is attacked in their new home in Tehran. Farhadi’s 2011 film “A Separation” took the Oscar for best foreign language film, and actor Shahab Hosseini (far left) won the best actor award at Cannes for this one, so look for “The Salesman” to be a leading contender when the Oscar race takes off.
The centerpiece of the festival is a month-long retrospective of the work of director Abbas Kiarostami, who died last year. Kiarostami is best known for his so-called “Koker trilogy,” a series of intersecting films set near the village of Koker before and after the 1990 earthquake that devastated parts of northern Iran. The second film, “And Life Goes On” (aka “Life, and Nothing More …”), a meta-fictional examination of the disaster, marks its 25th anniversary this year.
Multiple locations; Sun. through March 1, various prices; go to asia.si.edu for details.