June 2010

Mohammad Ali Fardin (1930 – 2000)

By |June 26th, 2010|

A former wrestling champion, Fardin was the biggest star in Iran’s cinema during the 1960s and early 1970s. He acted and sometimes directed films in the luti genre, playing the proletarian rogue with the heart of gold, who rejects Westernization and materialism yet does […]

Niki Karimi

By |June 26th, 2010|

Karimi is an award-winning Iranian ac­tress, film director, and translator. Dariush Mehrjui’s Sara, based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, gave Karimi her first nationally and internationally acclaimed role, an emotionally charged rendering of the title character, Sara, a woman on the verge of […]

Tahmineh Milani (1960 – )

By |June 25th, 2010|

Born in Tabriz, Milani is the ac­claimed director of such well-known woman-centered films as Two Women (1999), The Hidden Half (2001), The Fifth Reaction (2003), and The Unwanted Woman (2005). These films have been controversial in Iran, particularly The Hidden Half, which led to […]

Dariush Mehrjui (1939 – )

By |June 25th, 2010|

Born in Tehran, Mehrjui developed an early interest in music, learning the piano and santur. He came to study cinema at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), but abandoned it for a philosophy degree, reputedly disappointed by the UCLA film school’s Hollywood emphasis. […]

May 2010

Abbas Kiarostami

By |May 15th, 2010|

At the end of the 1990s, an international poll of influential critics and curators named Abbas Kiarostami that decade’s most important filmmaker—no mean feat for a self-taught cineaste whose earliest movies were shorts made for Iran’s Centre for the Intellectual Development of Children and […]

November 2009

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

By |November 7th, 2009|

Born: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, May 29, 1957 (Tehran, Iran).

Directing style: Controversial visual poet of Iranian New Wave; autobiographical and childhood themes; chronicles the history of Iran state and its people; often works with family members.

Profile: With its repressive political environment, Iran may seem an […]