My seeding proved to be wrong in a few occasions and upsets happened with the voting. Homoyan Ershadi’s win meant this second round match-up would pit two men against each other.
This poll closes on Sunday night.
Homayon Ershadi in Taste of Cherry (1997) as Mr Badii
“Ershadi has limited means at his disposal but he transcends the words in the script.” – Amir
Even as Kiaorstami's scripts are rarely expressly improvisational I always feel the actors in his films are given particularly difficult mountains to climb in making especially subtle human inclinations work on screen. And like Pesci below there's a feeling that some amount of the effect here depends on Ershadi"s natural cadence - his mournful eyes, for example. So much time is spent looking at his face and Ershadi is so, so very effective with that that penetrating, sad visage of his. I’m not even thinking about what vocal inflections I might miss, lost in translation, his face is a kaleidoscope of emotion. Randomness: Ershadi’s performance is one of the two foreign language performances that made it to the second round.
Joe Pesci in Goodfellas (1999) as Tommy Devito
“His entire performance in GoodFellas operates like that: not so much "scene-stealing" as it is scene-driving” – Andreas
One is homicidal one is suicidal? Who gets your vote?