Directors

Abbas Kiarostami

Biography:
Born on June 22nd 1940 in Tehran, Kiarostami became interested in the arts at an early age. He won a painting competition at the age of eighteen and left home to study at Tehran University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. He worked throughout the 1960s as a commercial designer and illustrator making commercials, designing posters, creating credit titles for films and illustrating children’s books.
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Bahram Beyzaï

Biography:
Bahram Beyzai (Director, Producer, Screen-writer and Editor) was born in Tehran, Iran on 26 December 1938. He was introduced to the world of art when he was still very young. In high school he wrote two historical plays which eventually became his preferred method of writing. He then entered University of Tehran, but did not finish his studies due to lack of interest in the subject he was studying.
It was then that he started researching Iranian theatre and epic literature. At the age of 21 he did an extensive research on the « Book of Kings » (Shahname) and Tazieh which is Iranian traditional plays. He also studied the pre-Islamic history and familiarized himself with Persian painting.
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Bahman Farmanara

Biography:
Bahman Farmanara was born on January 23, 1942 in Tehran, Iran. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Cinema in 1966 and went on to direct and produce numerous successful films.
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Amir Naderi

Biography:
Amir Naderi was born in Iran in 1945 in the Persian Gulf port of Abadan, a city built around the world’s largest oil refinery.
Orphaned at an early age and living the life of a street urchin, Naderi had to survive by selling ice, working as a shoeshine boy and recycling empty beer bottles.
In his early teens, Naderi left Abadan and travelled to Tehran where he managed to obtain work as a still photographer on movie sets – a job that he performed into his early twenties. He loved the cinema and quickly felt that it was where he belonged.
In 1970, Naderi directed his first feature film, ‘Khoda Hafez Rafigh’ (Goodbye Friend), and a year later completed  his second feature, ‘Tangna’.
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Ebrahim Forouzesh

Biography:
Born in Tehran in 1939 Ebrahim Forouzesh studied film and T.V directing at the college of Dramatic Arts. He started his carrer as a staff of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in 1970. As the Manager of the cinematographic centre for seven years, he was responsible for the production of over 70 films, shorts,  features and animations.
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Asghar Farhadi

Biography:
Asghar Farhadi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1972. Whilst at school he became interested in writing, drama and the cinema, took courses at the Iranian Young Cinema Society and started his career as a filmmaker by making super 8mm and 16mm films.
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Shahram Mokri

Biography:
Shahram Mokri is a filmmaker and screenwriter.
Born in Kermanshah, Iran on 17 August 1978, he graduated from the Tehran University of Film and currently lectures at various universities throughout Iran.
He started his career by making short films. He has made five shorts so far and edited numerous others.
For the past five years he has been on the executive board for screening ‘Art & Experience’ feature films in Tehran.
He has also worked as a film critic on ‘Film Magazine’, the most important fifth art magazine in Iran.

In 2009 Mokri made a TV Movie called ‘ASHKAN, CHARMED RING, AND ANOTHER STORIES’, which premiered at the Pusan Film Festival.

He was invited to the 70th Venice Film Festival in 2013 with his first feature film, ‘FISH & CAT’. The film was screened in the Orizzonti section and won the Lion Award for creativity and innovation.

In 2018, his second film, ‘INVASION’, screened at the 68th Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for the Teddy Award.

Mokri returned to Venice in 2020 with his third film, ‘CARELESS CRIME’.
This latest film won the ‘Golden Bisato’ Screenwriter Award from the Independent Critics Association in Venice, and then went on to win the ‘Silver Hugo’ at the Chicago Film Festival.

All his films have met with great success, with both film critics and the public.

Shahram Mokri has also sat on several International Film Festival juries, including the recent 2021 Orizzonti jury at the 78th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, Venice.


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Abdollah Alimorad

Biography:
Abdollah Alimorad was born in Tehran on the 22nd November 1947. From that moment on he was always attracted to painting and manual work. After passing his baccalauréat he enrolled at the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts, which he unfortunately had to leave through lack of funds. Back in Tehran he enrolled at the Kanoon School of Animation (founded by Nourredin Zarrinkelk). Having received his diploma, he started work at Kanoon where he has various responsibilities on numerous projects. It is at Kanoon that he has produced his body of work.
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Parviz Shahbazi

Biography:

Born in July 16, 1962 in Tehran, Iran, Parviz Shahbazi is a filmmaking graduate of the Tehran Cinema College. During the early 80s he began writing short stories and directing short films. After editing several films and directing 12 shorts he made his first feature, TRAVELER FROM THE SOUTH, in 1997.
This debut feature has been screened at countless international festivals bringing Shahbazi worldwide recognition and several awards along the way, including the Golden Award at the 1997 Tokyo IFF. His second feature, WHISPERS (2000) has likewise won much international acclaim.
In 2002 his third film, DEEP BREATH, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes IFF, to great critical acclaim. The movie also won a FIPRESCI Award at the Pusan IFF, the Jury’s Special Award at the Turin IFF and the Best Film Award at the Belgrade Author Festival.
KARAT 14, made in 2007, and TRAPPED, 2013, are Shahbazi’s fourth and fifth features.
MALARIA, his sixth movie, was selected for the 2016 Venice Film Festival and the same year won the Grand Prix at the Warsaw IFF.
TALLA is his latest feature.
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Ida Panahandeh

Biography:
Ida Panahandeh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1979. She obtained a degree in Film Photography in 2002 and a master’s in Film Direction in 2005, both from the Arts University of Tehran, where she began her film career with several short films.
After university she was invited to direct films for Iranian television, with which she won awards at numerous national festivals.
In 2009 she took part in the Berlin ’Talent Campus’.
Having as a central theme a woman’s place in modern society she has, throughout her work, focused on women’s rights. This she did with her first feature, ‘Nahid’, which won her worldwide acclaim.
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