Category Archives: Cinema

Iranian documentary ‘Banooye Urmia’ awarded in Finland fest

An Iranian documentary, Banooye Urmia, (Lady Urmia) won jury award of Finland Environmental Film Festival held in Vaasa City. The event is held every two years.

Lady Urmia Awarded in Finland and US Rhode Island Film Festival

Lady Urmia Awarded in Finland and US Rhode Island Film Festival

The film directed by Mohammad Ehsani was shown in the 7th edition of the event on October 1-5 in Vaasa. It is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in the Iranian Azerbaijan, which is drying up completely.

Released in 2012 in Iran and distributed by EhsaniPictures, it has also been awarded in the US Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Croatian Environment Film Festival.

Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square).

The environmental catastrophe will not only affect Iran, but also Iranian neighbors such as Iraq and Turkey. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, asking for help and trying to gain international reaction.


‘Hush’ scoops main awards at San Francisco Iranian Film Festival

Hush-Girls-don't-scream - Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco.Iran’s social drama Hush! “Girls Don’t Scream” by Pouran Derakhshandeh has swept several main awards at the 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco.

The film took Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards of the year’s event.

Leading Iranian director Derakhshandeh was also paid tribute during a ceremony held at the event.

The film tells the story of abused children and ignorant families who do not make enough time in their day to listen and solve their children’s issue.

Sponsored by Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation, the film won Best Film Award at the 2012 Fajr International Film Festival.

The movie competed at the 2014 edition of Irvine International Film Festival (IIFF) in the United States.

Derakhshandeh’s drama received a great attention from the movie goers in Canada and the United States. The film also garnered the Best Feature length Award of the fourth edition of London Iranian film festival.

Oscar Academy had earlier requested a copy of screen script of the movie during a letter signed by the center’s Script Librarian Gregory Walsh.

The 2014 San Francisco Iranian Film Festival also honored the Iranian actor Faramarz Qaribian with the Best Actor award for his role in Sinners.

Academy Award winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi named Busan Film Festival jury president

Asghar Farhadi named Busan Film Festival jury president

Academy Award winning Iranian filmmaker has been selected to preside over the jury for the New Currents section at the 19th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Farhadi will head the festival’s jury panel that is comprised of French philosopher Jacques Ranciere, Professor of film studies at the Scotland’s University of St. Andrews Dina Iordanova, Indian actress Suhasini Maniratnam, and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho.

The Iranian director Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour’s drama We Have a Guest is also scheduled to compete at the festival which will take place from October 2 to 11.

Academy Award winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi

Born in 1972, Farhadi received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran’s School of Dramatic Arts in 1998 and his Masters in Stage Direction from Tarbiat Modarres University a few years later.

His 2011 family drama A Separation became a sensation and received rave reviews from numerous international film events and festivals.

The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award in 2012.

“Farhadi is a filmmaker who makes one becomes familiar with the rich culture of Iran. His works remind us of Victor Hugo,” The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe had earlier said during an award ceremony during which the Grand Medal of Vermeil from the City went to Farhadi for his latest drama The Past (Le Passé).

The Past has scooped numerous awards so far such as two prizes at the 66th Cannes film festival including the Best Actress award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (prix du Jury œcuménique).

Dancing in the Dust (2003), The Beautiful 2004), Fireworks Wednesday (2006) and About Elly (2009) are his other directorial works.

Iranian actor Peyman Moaadi – lead male role in Oscar-winning “A Separation” now male lead in US production Camp X-Ray

The lead male role in Oscar-winning A Separation, Peyman Moaadi, has made male lead again, this time in a US-produced movie, titled Camp X-Ray.

The movie has been credited for moving performances by both of the stars.

Peter Sattler’s directorial debut, Camp X-Ray premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is due for US screening on October 17.

Moaadi started his acting career in director Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009). Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor from the Berlin International Film Festival for his leading role in Farhadi’s A Separation. The latter flick saw him doing justice to the character of a father in a family faced with a difficult decision – to move to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent.

Source: Iran Review

Iranian movie ‘The Pearl’ wins at Bucharest film festival after also winning the UNICEF award at the 2012 International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults

Iranian screen production The Pearl directed by Sirous Hassanpour has garnered award at the 2014 edition of Bucharest International Film Festival, Romania.

The award went to the film’s cinematography director Saed Nikzat for his particular way and gorgeous imagery used in the film.

Nikzat as a director of photography contributed to more than 20 short and feature films.

Produced by Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation, The Pearl also competed in Damah Film Festival that took place in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 2 and 3, 2013.

The film chronicles the life of a pearl hunter, Karim, who is living in a little town of southern Iran. Karim who suffers from heart trouble, finds out that he needs an urgent surgery for the disease but he cannot afford it. His two children think that they have to grow up sooner than expected time to help their dad.

The movie won the UNICEF award at the 2012 International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults in Isfahan.

The report also says that the film portrays the finer aspects of human relationships and moral values with beautiful cinematic skills.

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido.

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Tales is composed of seven short episodes, in which Bani-Etemad reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like The Blue-Veiled, Under the Skin of the City and Mainline. […]

Best-known for addressing social problems in her films, Bani-Etemad has directed numerous feature-length and short films as well as documentaries, which have garnered many international and national awards.

“The characters in my films are real, [from among] the people whom I might meet every day,” she had earlier stated. […]

Another Iranian film maker Nima Javidi’s debut feature-length film Melbourne received critical acclaim at the festival. The film opened Critics’ Week section of the event.

French film composer Alexandre Desplat was the head of the international jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The 71st annual Venice Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy from August 27 to September 6, 2014.

Source: Payvand News of Iran

Mitra Farahani: Awarded Iranian filmmaker

Mitra Farahani

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”:

Fifi Howls from Happiness: An awarded Documentary on Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess running in Cinemas now

Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland-revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohasses abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy.


Critics Pick “Addictively fascinating…The lovely meeting of artistic sensibilities makes this doc sing.” -Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

Five stars! “Stunningly multifaceted…surprising and deeply affecting.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out NY

“Thoughtful, moving…A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor and a stubborn question mark, “Fifi Howls From Happiness” registers, by turns, as a celebration, an excavation and an increasingly urgent rescue mission.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A fascinating portrait.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

“The most startlingly unexpected Iranian triumph at Telluride was Mitra Farahani’s FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS, an unconventional documentary about forgotten Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess. Mohassess, who died in 2010, was a fantastic character, a viciously witty gay guy who cut a stylish swath through Europe and makes wicked fun of his dim-bulb oppressors. In the film, Farahani, gorgeous and stylishly feminine, spars skillfully with the artist, deftly penetrating his defenses through sheer intelligence and knowledge of his work, like Truffaut interviewing Hitchcock.” – Tim Appelo, The Hollywood Reporter

“A joyous celebration of freedom to create, to destroy, to live without regret.” – Lincoln Film Center

“When a film about an artist becomes itself a transcendent work of art.” – Peter Sellars

“Exceptionally clever. The final sequence makes for unforgettable cinema.” – Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! Buenos Aires Indendent Film Festival 2014 – International Competition
  • Telluride Film Festival- Official Selection
  • New York Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Berlin International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Outfest 2014 – Official Selection

‘Hush! Girls Don’t Scream’ awarded Iranian movie

Hush! Girls Don’t Scream’ scoops awards in Los Angeles Filmfest

Iranian social drama Hush! Girls Don’t Scream has swept awards at the third Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Directed by the leading Iranian woman filmmaker Pouran Derakhshandeh, the film swept two awards as well as an honorable mention of this year’s competition.

The film received the best screenplay award, while the best actress award went to the film’s star Tannaz Tabatabaei.

Derakhshandeh’s latest production also nabbed an honorable mention in the Narrative Feature Film Category of the event.

The film tells the story of abused children and ignorant families who do not make enough time in their day to listen and solve their children’s issue.

The movie received a great attention from the movie goers in Canada and the United States.

Oscar Academy had earlier requested a copy of screen script of Hush! Girls Don’t Scream during a letter signed by the center’s Script Librarian Gregory Walsh.

The film has been screened in numerous international competitions and garnered several awards such as Audience Special Award of the 2014 Irvine International Film Festival in the United States. 

Ali Mosaffa: Awarded Iranian actor and director

Ali Mosaffa (born December 1, 1966 in Tehran) is an Iranian actor and director. His parents are professors for Persian literature at the University of Tehran. His father, Mozaher Mosaffa, is a renowned Persian poet and his mother, Amir Banoo Karimi is the eldest daughter of the Persian poet, Amiri Firuzkuhi.

He is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran where he showed an interest in acting. His acting film debut was 1991 in Omid. In the following year he won the Best Actor Award at the 10th Fajr International Film Festival for his role in Darius Mehrjui’s film, Pari. On the set of Leila, Mehrjui’s 1996 film, met Mosaffa his future wife, Iranian actress Leila Hatami.

He directed his first short film, Incubus, in 1991. Neighbors (Hamsaye-ha) in 1999 was chosen Best Experimental Film at the Iranian Short Film Fest. His first feature film, Portrait of a lady far away (Sima-ye zani dar doordast) starring Leila Hatami and Homayoun Ershadi, in 2005. The film was shortlisted for the Sutherland Trophy at the London Film Festival.

Portrait of a lady far away subsequently won the People’s Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and was nominated for the Crystal Globe at the 2005 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

In 2012 was the international premiere of his second film, The last step (Pele-ye akhar) starring Leila Hatami, at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where Leila Hatami received the Best Actress Award and Ali Mosaffa the FIPRESCI Prize.

In October 2012, Mosaffa joined Oscar winning director of A Separation, Asghar Farhadi in Paris; starring alongside Bérénice Bejo and Tahar Rahim for Farhadi’s first foreign language film The Past (Le Passé) which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.

Filmography (as an actor)
– 2014: What’s the time in your world? (Dar donya-ye to saát chand ast?) by Safi Yazdanian
– 2013: The past (Le passé) by Asghar Farhadi
– 2012: The last step (Pele-ye akhar) by Ali Mosaffa
– 2011: Beloved sky (Aseman-e mahboob) by Dariush Mehrjui
– 2010: There are things you don’t know (Chizhaie hast ke nemidani) by Fardin Saheb-Zamani
– 2006: Who killed Amir? (Che kasi Amir ra kosh?) by Mehdi Karampoor
– 2003: Another place (Jayi digar) by Mehdi Karampoor
– 2001: Mix by Dariush Mehrjui
– 2000: Dear Cousin is Lost (Segment in Tales of an Island by Dariush Mehrjui)
– 2000: Party by Saman Moghadam
– 1999: Lost Girls
– 1998: Leila by Dariush Mehrjui
– 1996: Minou Tower (Borje Minou) by Ebrahim Hatamikia
– 1994: Pari by Dariush Mehrjui
– 1992: All My Daughters by Esmail Soltanian
– 1991: Omid by Habib Kavosh

Filmography (as a director)
– 2012: The last step (Pele-ye akhar)
– 2005: Portrait of a lady far away (Sima-ye zani dar doordast)
– 1996: The deceit of poesy (Farib-e-she’r), a documentary short film
– 1999: Neighbors (Hamsaye-ha), short film
– 1991: Incubus, short film

Television Series
– 2000: The English Bag (Keef-e Eenglisi)
– 2007: Paridokht

– Best Supporting Actor Award at the 13th Fajr International Film Festival for Pari in 1995
– People’s Choice Award for “Portrait of a Lady Far Away”, from Chicago International Film Festival, 2005
– Crystal Simorgh (Phoenix) for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 30th Fajr International Film Festival in 2012 for The last step (Pele-ye akhar)
– FIPRESCI at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for The last step (Pele-ye akhar) in 2012
– Best Adapted Screenplay at the 16th Iranian House of Cinema Film Festival for The last step (Pele-ye akhar) in 2014

Sources: Wikipedia | Ali Mosaffa, Festival Scope | Ali Mosaffa

High-flyer: Iranian stunt woman Mahsa Ahmadi – with others awarded for stunts in the James Bond movie “Skyfall”

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

She fights, she drives cars at breakneck speed, she jumps out of planes and helicopters … these are just a few of the talents of Mahsa Ahmadi, the best stunt woman in Iran.

Woman in a male-dominated world: the stunt scene in Iran is a male-dominated world: "most of the time, women's roles in Iranian films are pretty safe; nothing happens to them, explains "Stunt 13" boss Arsha Aghdasi. "Slowly, however, things are changing. With her courageous and professional manner, Ahmadi has gradually won the trust of the directors."

She had already done a number of dangerous scenes in 21 Iranian films when she shot to world fame in 2012 in the most recent James Bond film, “Skyfall”.

Gymnastics champion: Mahsa Ahmadi is now 24 years of age, but her career began when she was a young child. As a gymnast, she spent eleven years on the Iranian national team, winning numerous competitions in the process. When she had to leave the national team at the age of 18, she found a new challenge in the group “Stunt 13”. She is also a qualified sports teacher.

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Abbas Kiarostami – highly awarded Iranian cineast and jury member at numerous film festivals

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Abbas Kiarostami
(Persian: عباس کیارستمی‎;[1] born 22 June 1940) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer.[2][3][4] An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and documentaries.

He is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes pioneering directors such as Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizai, and Parviz Kimiavi.

Kiarostami has a reputation for using child protagonists, for documentary-style narrative films,[6] for stories that take place in rural villages, and for conversations that unfold inside cars, using stationary mounted cameras.

Kiarostami was born in Tehran. His first artistic experience was painting, which he continued into his late teens, winning a painting competition at the age of 18 shortly before he left home to study at the University of Tehran School of Fine Arts.[7]

Kiarostami has been a jury member at numerous film festivals, most notably the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, 2002 and 2005. He was also the president of the Caméra d’Or Jury in Cannes Film Festival 2005. He has been announced as the president of the Cinéfondation and short film sections of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[44]

Honors and awards

Kiarostami has won the admiration of audiences and critics worldwide and received at least seventy awards up to the year 2000.[81] Here are some representatives:


Rick Pettigrew invited as Juror to a film festival in Iran

In December 2013, Rick Pettigrew was invited to Tehran, Iran to be juror at the documentary film festival Cinema Verite. Here is a look at his experience:

About Richard Pettigrew
Currently serving as Board President and Executive Director of ALI, Dr. Pettigrew received his B.A. (1970) from Stanford University and his M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) from the University of Oregon.

Read more: The Archeology Channel | Richard Pettigrew

Mary Apick – awarded Iranian actress, writer, and producer
Mary Apick (in Persian: مری آپیک; born in 1954) is an Iranian actress, writer, and producer. She won the award for Best Actress at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival for her role in the 1977 film Dead EndHer other notable works as actress:


Rakhshan Bani-E’temad – Film director and screenwriter: “First Lady of Iranian Cinema”

Bani-E'temad, Rakhshan - Iranian film director and screenwriter

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad arrives for the screening of her movie “Ghessea” (Tales) at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August, 2014 (AFP Photo/Tiziana Fabi)

Rakhshan Bani-E’temad, (Persian: رخشان بنی اعتماد‎, born April 3, 1954 in Tehran, Iran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. She is widely considered Iran’s premier female director, and her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.

Her title as “First Lady of Iranian Cinema” is not only a reference to her prominence as a filmmaker, but it also connotes her social role of merging politics and family in her work.

Bani-E’temad did not receive immediate praise upon entering the film industry. Her early feature films were met by harsh criticism. However, she finally earned critical and popular success in 1991 with her film Nargess. She received the Best Director Award from the Fajr Film Festival, marking the first time in the history of the festival that a woman was awarded the Best Director prize.

Bani-E’temad’s films are considered socially and politically conscious social documentaries. She aims to reflect the realities of Iranian people’s daily life experiences. Her documentaries are centered on issues of poverty, criminality, divorce, polygamy, social norms, cultural taboos, women’s oppression, and cultural expectations.

With her 2002 film Our Times, Bani-E’temad became the first female filmmaker to explicitly confront the Iran-Iraq war, placing her in an important role in Iranian film history. She has been known to challenge censorship codes to the very edge.

She has donated her international prize for the movie Ghesseh-ha to build a shelter for homeless women. Previously she has also donated some of her awards to help disadvantaged women.

Filmography (as a director)
– 1986: Kharej az Mahdudeh (Off-Limits)
– 1988: Zard-e Ghanari (Canary Yellow)
– 1989: Pul-e Khareji (Foreign Currency)
– 1992: Nargess
– 1995: Rusari Abi (The Blue-Veiled)
– 1998: Banoo-ye Ordibehesht (The May Lady)
– 1999: Baran-O-Bumi (Baran and the Native – short)
– 2001: Zir-e Pust-e Shahr (Under the Skin of the City)
– 2002: Ruzegar-e ma (Our Times – documentary)
– 2004: Gilane
– 2006: Khoon Bazi (Mainline)
– 2009: We Are Half of Iran’s Population
– 2014: Ghesseh-ha (Tales)

Honors and Awards
– Bronze Leopard, 48th Locarno Film Festival (for The Blue-Veiled) (1995)
– The Prince Claus Award (1998)
– Special Golden St. George, 23rd Moscow International Film Festival (for Under the Skin of the City) (2001)
– Best Achievement in Directing, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (for Mainline, with Mohsen Abdolvahab) (2007)
– Honorary doctorate, SOAS, University of London (2008)
– Best Screenplay Award, 71st Venice International Film Festival (for Tales, with Farid Mostafavi) (2014)

Sources: Wikipedia | Rakhshan Bani-E’temad

Rome’s House of Cinema hosts Iranian film week

Some six Iranian screen productions are slated to be presented at the one-week long program.

Gold and Copper by Homayoun Asaadian, Saadatabad by Maziar Miri, Fireworks Wednesday by Asghar Farhadi, Facing Mirrors directed by Negar Azarbaijani, Here without Me by Bahram Tavakkoli, and Mr. Yusef by Ali Rafiei are among the film lineup.

Azarbaijani’s debut drama Facing Mirrors has opened the screening programs.

The film’s producer Fereshteh Taerpour also attended the opening ceremony.

“It is a great opportunity to watch Facing Mirrors with the Italian audiences,” Taerpour had earlier stated.

The well-praised movie Facing Mirrors weaves together the lives of two women with different social and cultural backgrounds.

The film has been lauded at many international festivals and received several awards such as the Best Narrative Feature Award at the 2012 International Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Seattle.

The House of Cinema in Rome has organized the program with the collaboration of Iranian cultural office in Italy.

All the movies in lineup will be presented with Italian subtitles.

France honors the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi with L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (the Order of Arts and Letters)

Asghar Farhadi receives the Oscar for "A Separation"

Asghar Farhadi receives the Oscar for “A Separation”

The culture minister of France presents the order to a person who has made significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the dissemination of these fields.

Farhadi made his latest film “The Past” in France. The French-language drama brought its star Bérénice Bejo the Palme d’Or for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. He received the first EU MEDIA prize for “The Past” in 2012 when the film was in its preproduction stage.

His previous film “A Separation” won the Oscar for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards in 2012. He previously received France’s César award for best foreign film for “A Separation”.

Source: Tehran Times

Tahmineh Milani highly awarded Iranian female film director, screenwriter, and producer

Milani, Tahmineh - Iranian film directorTahmineh Milani is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and producer.

Milani was born 1960 in Tabriz, Iran. After graduating in architecture from the University of Science and Technology in Tehran in 1986, she apprenticed as a script girl and an assistant director following a screen workshop in 1979. She started her career as a movie director with Children of Divorce in 1989.

Feminist filmmaker Milani is known for touching controversial and sensitive issues, including women’s rights.

Among her most notable films are Children of Divorce, Two women, The Hidden Half, The Fifth Reaction, The Unwanted Woman and Cease Fire.

Filmography (as a director)
– 1989: Bach’che’ha-ye Talagh (Children of Divorce)
– 1991: Afsaneh-ye Ah (The Legend of Sigh)
– 1992: Digeh che khabar? (What Else Is New?)
– 1996: Kakadu
– 1999: Do Zan (Two Women)
– 2001: Nimeh-ye Penhan (The Hidden Half)
– 2003: Vakonesh Panjom (The Fifth Reaction)
– 2005: Zan-e Ziadi (The Unwanted Woman)
– 2006: Atash Bas (Cease Fire)
– 2007: Tasvie Hesab (Settling Scores)
– 2008: Superstar
– 2011: Yeki Az Ma Do Nafar (One of Our Two)
– 2014: Atash Bas 2 (Cease Fire 2)

Awards and honors
– 2006: Best director, Best film and Best screenplay at the 51st Asia Pacific Film Festival for The Unwanted Woman
– 2005: Best film Los Angeles Film Festival for The Unwanted Woman
– 2003: Grand Prix ‘Cinéma Tout Ecran’, Geneva Cinéma Tout Ecran for The Fifth Reaction
– 2003: Best Screenplay at the 27th Cairo International Film Festival for The Fifth Reaction
– 2001: Best Artistic Contribution at the 25th Cairo International Film Festival for the The Hidden Half
– 1999: Award for best screenplay at Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival for Two Women

Source: Wikipedia | Tahmineh Milani

Bahman Kiarostami’s “The Statues of Tehran” to be screened in San Francisco

The Statues of Tehran, a documentary by director Bahman Kiarostami, will be showing at Roxie Theatre in San Francisco on Tuesday, February 25.

Kiarostami’s materful film explores how a revolution and autocratic regime attempt to redefine public space, national symbols and monuments, but more interestingly, it also engages with the experience of artists negotiating with official bodies, public commission, popular aspirations, official discourse and creative freedom.

“Docunights” are hosted by National Iranian American Council (NIAC)‘s Arts & Culture Executive Team Chairman, Ahmad Kiarostami

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm
Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street, San Francisco

Buy Tickets

The Statues of Tehran – Iran, 2008, 60 min, Persian with English subtitles

About Bahman Kiarostami:


Bahman Kiarostami (Persian: بهمن کیارستمی‎) (b. 11 August 1978- in Tehran) is an Iranian film director, cinematographer, film editor, film producer and translator, son of the critically acclaimed Abbas Kiarostami.

In 1996 he made his first film ” Morteza Momayez: Father of Iranian Contemporary Graphic Design”.

The main theme in Bahman Kiarostami’s films is “art and music”.


  • Best Director Award, Mid East Film Festival (2003)
  • “Special Mention” honor, 26th Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, France (2004)

Greetings to Cinema Day – Iranians flock to movie theaters on free admission day


Iran’s movie theaters across the country hosted thousands of filmgoers, who, once again after a lapse of several years, were offered free admission on Thursday, the day named Greetings to Cinema Day by the Iran Cinema Organization (ICO). People who had not gone to cinema for many years along with interested filmgoers waited in the long queues to watch movies from the early hours of the day

Moreover, Iranians can also watch their favorite movies in theaters free of charge on one more day, September 12, which is Iran’s National Day of Cinema.

Hamlet wins at 32nd Fajr Theater Festival hold in Teheran and five other Iranian cities.


An Iranian troupe won the grand prix of the international section at the 32nd Fajr International Theater Festival for their performance of Shakespeare’s magnum opus “Hamlet”. The play also brought Arash Dadgar the best director and best stage designer awards in this section.

“Ibsen’s Women-Put an Eagle in a Cage” directed by Juni Dahr from Norway received the jury special award and Iranian playwright Hossein Kianizadeh won best dramatist award for his collaboration in “Salt Marsh”.

The best actress award went to Spanish actress Nicole Heesters for her role in “House of Bernard Alba” directed by Calixto Bieito from the National Theater of Mannheim in Germany.

The best director award of the national section of the festival was presented to Shahram Karami for “The End of Tooba’s Long Trip” and Saeid Hassanlu won the best stage designer award for his collaboration in the play.

Iranian actor/director Anushiravan Arjmand, actor Ferdows Kaviani, playwright/actor Nosratollah Masudi and actress Nahid Moslemi were also honored with lifetime achievement awards at the ceremony.

Iranian film, actress score nominations for French awards


Asghar Farhadi’s The Past has been nominated in five categories for France’s Cesar Awards, while Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has also been nominated in the female newcomer category for her role in Afghan filmmaker Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone (Sang-e Sabour).

Farhadi’s film The Past has been nominated in the categories of best director, best film, best original screenplay, best editing and best actress.

France’s Cesar Awards are the local equivalent to the Oscars, and the award ceremony will take place on February 28 in Paris.

Highly awarded Iranian filmmaker and director Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Persian: محسن مخملباف‎, Mohsen Makhmalbaaf; born May 29, 1957) is an acclaimed Iranian film director, writer, film editor, and producer. He has made more than 20 feature films, won some 50 awards and been a jury in more than 15 major film festivals. His award-winning films include Kandahar, and his latest film is the The Gardener.

Time magazine selected Makhmalbaf’s 2001 film Kandahar as one of the top 100 films of all time.[1] In 2006, he was a member of the Jury at the Venice film festival.

Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Awarded Iranian film director

Degrees and honors

  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature From St Andrew University, Scotland, 2011
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Cinema From Nanterre University, France, 2010
  • “Freedom to Create Prize” for his human right activity and promoting social Justice through his art, Art Action, England, 2009
  • “Federico Fillini Honor” from UNESCO in Paris, 2001 (France)
  • A Moment of Innocence: Among Top Ten Films of the Decade – Awarded by International Festival Directors and Critics 1999.
  • Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Selected as the best filmmaker after the revolution by readers of cinema publications, 1988.

International Awards

1. The Cyclist: Best Film – Rimini Festival (Italy) 1989.
2. The Cyclist: Best Film – Hawaii Festival (USA) 1991.
3. Once Upon a Time, Cinema: Best Film – Taormina Festival (Italy) 1992.
4. Once Upon a Time, Cinema: Best Film – Karlovy vary Festival (Czechoslovakia) 1992.
5. Once Upon a Time, Cinema: Best Film – Fiprachi Critics – Karlovy vary Festival (Czechoslovakia) 1992.
6.Once Upon a Time, Cinema: Best Director – Karlovy vary Festival (Czechoslovakia) 1992.

9. Salam Cinema: Best Film – Munich Festival (Germany) 1996.
10. Gabbeh: Best Artistic Film – Tokyo Festival (Japan) 1996.
11. Gabbeh: One of 10 selected films by critics – Times (USA) 1996.
12. Gabbeh: Best Director – Sitguess Festival (Spain) 1996.

16. A Moment of Innocence: Youth Golden Award – Locarno Festival (Switzerland) 1996.
17. A Moment of Innocence: Among Top Ten Films of the Decade – Awarded by International Festival Directors and Critics 1999.
18. Silence: Golden Prize of Italian Parliament – Venice Festival (Italy) 1997.

22. Kandahar: Grand prize from Society of churches of world, Cannes 2001 (France)
23. Kandahar: “Federico Fillini Honor” from UNESCO in Paris, 2001 (France)
24. Kandahar: The best movie from Ajaccio Film Festival, (France) 2001
25. Kandahar: “Public Prize” from Festival des Cinemas du Sud, (France) 2001
26. Kandahar:”Best Director Award” from Riga International Film Forum Arsenals,Latvia 2002

29. The Afghan Alphabet:”Best Film Award”from Document ART International Film Festival, (Germany) 2002.

32. Kandahar: “Best Film” Fiprachi Critics From Thessaloniki (Greece) 2001

35. “Clermont-Ferrand Medallion”, the city medallion granted to the legendary Mohsen Makhmalbaf, France, 2006.

Samira Makhmalbaf one of the world most famous female directors, and winner of multiple international movie awards


Samira Makhmalbaf (Persian: سمیرا مخملباف‎, Samiraa Makhmalbaaf) (born February 15, 1980,[1] Tehran) is an internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and script writer. She is the daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the film director and writer. Samira Makhmalbaf is considered to be one of the most influential directors as part of the Iranian New Wave.

At the age of 17, after directing two video productions, she went on to direct the movie The Apple.

Samira Makhmalbaf has been the winner and nominee of numerous awards. She was nominated twice for Golden Palm of Cannes Film Festival for Panj é asr (At Five in the Afternoon) (2003) and Takhté siah (Blackboards) (2001). She won Prix du Jury of Cannes, for both films in 2003 and 2001 respectively. Samira Mohmalbaf also won UNESCO Award of Venice Film Festival in 2002 for 11.09.01 – September 11 and Sutherland Trophy of London Film Festival for The Apple in 1998. In 2003, a panel of critics at the British newspaper The Guardian named Makhmalbaf among the best 40 best directors at work today.[4]

Awards and Nominations

  • “Sutherland Trophy”, London Film Festival 1998, UK.
  • “International Critics prize”, Locarno Film Festival 1998, Switzerland.
  • “Jury’s Special prize”, Thessalonica Film Festival 1998, Greece.
  • “Jury’s Special prize”,São Paulo Film Festival 1998, Brazil.
  • “Jury’s Special prize”, Independent cinema Festival 1999, Argentina.
  • “Critic’s prize”, Independent cinema Festival 1999, Argentina.
  • “Audience’s prize”, Independent cinema Festival 1999, Argentina.
  • “Jury Special award”Official Competition section of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, France.[11]
  • “Federico Fellini Medal”, UNESCO, Paris, 2000.
  • “François Truffaut prize”, Giffoni Film Festival in Italy 2000.
  • “Giffoni’s Mayor Prize “, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy, 2000.
  • “Special cultural Prize”, UNESCO, Paris, 2000.
  • “The grand Jury prize”, American Film Institute, U.S., 2000
  • “Jury Special award”, Official Competition section of Cannes Film Festival 2003, France.
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes 2003, France.
  • Golden Peacock, competition (first prize) for Best film at the 34th International Film Festival of India 2003, India.
  • The “Youths’ Cinema” Award in Singapore’s 17th International Silver Screen Film Festival 2004
  • “The Special Jury Prize”, San Sebastian Film Festival (2008)

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Hana Makhmalbaf – Iran’s world famous female filmmaker

Hana Makhmalbaf

Hana Makhmalbaf

Hana Makhmalbaf (Persian: حنا مخملباف ‎) (born September 3, 1988 (age 25) in Tehran) is an Iranian filmmaker. She is the younger sister of filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf and daughter of filmmakers Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Marzieh Makhmalbaf.

Her first short film was shown at the Locarno Film Festival in Ticino, Switzerland when she was eight years old. Her first full film was in 2003 and entitled Joy of Madness. The film is a documentary about the making of Samira’s At Five in the Afternoon.

Her first feature film, Buddha Collapsed out of Shame won an award at Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal, Canada in 2007, as well as two awards from San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain, and the Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film by the Generation Kplus Children’s Jury at the Berlinale Film Festival 2008.

Her second feature, Green Days premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. Begun as a documentary about the run-up to the 2009 Presidential Election in Iran, it was completed by inter-cutting scenes of the post-election violence garnered from cell-phone and other amateur videos circulating anonymously.

“A Separation”, first Iranian movie to win the Oscar academy award

A Separation (Persian: Jodái-e Náder az Simin, “The Separation of Nader from Simin”) is a 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi.

Farhadi focuses on a middle class family in Tehran to explore the tensions and challenges of modern Iran. By examining class, religious and gender conflict through the intimate lens of family life, he highlights the interconnection between the personal and political. The lecture identifies and analyses the multiple pressure points within the film narrative and the central idea that the very things that connect us as human beings also separate us.

A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award. It received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

The film was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award, making it the first non-English film in five years to achieve this.

Nader and Simin: A Separation (trailer):

Asghar Farhadi, 123 mins, Iran, 2011

Source: Wikipedia | A Separation, Australian Centre for the Moving Image | A Separation

Photos: 26th International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults in Isfahan

Filmmakers from 40 countries have participated in the festival and 200 movies are scheduled to go on screen at Farshchian, Qods, Sahel, Sepahan, Honar and several other theaters in Isfahan during the event.

A jury composed of 60 children helped the main jury for the national competition section.

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Iranian House of Cinema reopens after forced shutdown

The Iranian House of Cinema (IHC) in Tehran reopened Thursday September 12, Iran’s National Cinema Day, after about a two-year forced shutdown ordered by the Ahmadinejad’s Culture Minister. The cheerful ceremony, held at the hall of the IHC in the morning, was attended by groups of jubilant cineastes.

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