Mitra Farahani’s biography:
She was born in Tehran in 1975 and studied painting and drawing with various Iranian masters of pictorial art, notably with Gholam Hossein Nami. After receiving a degree in graphic art at the Azad University in Tehran, she moved to Paris and took up residence in the Cite Internationale des Arts.
In 2001, she began a course of video studies at the Ecole Natioanale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, where she made her first documentary entitled “Just a Woman”. The film was chosen for Berlin Film Festival and was awarded the Teddy Awards Special Jury Prize.
Her documentary “Zohre and Manouchehr” (Taboos) was presented at the Berlin Film Festival of 2004 and was later shown in cinemas in France and Canada.
In 2005 she made the documentary “Behjat Sadr: Suspended Time”, a portrait of one of the pioneers of abstract expressionist painting in Iran. In 2009, as part of the Three Continents Festival, Le Lieu Unique in Nantes presented her one-person multi-disciplinary exhibition. Her latest documentary film, Fifi Howls from Happiness, on painter Bahman Mohassess, premiered at the 2013 Berlin and Telluride film Festival.
More about her documentary “Fifi Howls from Happiness”: