Born in Tehran, Iran in 1940. World-famous director, screenwriter and producer. Graduate of the fine arts department of Tehran University. He made his directing debut - the short film The Bread and Alley (Nan va Koutcheh) - when he was 30.
Creator of almost 40 feature films, documentaries and short films, winner of the Cannes Golden Palm in 1997 for A Taste of Cherry. One of the followers of the new-wave tradition of Iranian cinema of the 1960s. A poet, graphic artist, painter and photographer, he has shown his works in many museums, including PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. Loved by festival audiences all over the world, he has been present at the NH from its very first edition.
1970 Naan va Koucheh / The Bread and Alley (short)
1972 Tajrobeh / The Experience
1982 Hamshahri / Fellow Citizen (doc.)
1987 Khane-ye doust kodjast? / Where Is the Friend's Home?
1990 Nema-ye Nazdik / Close Up
1991 Zendegi va digar hich / And Life Goes on...
1994 Zire darakhatan zeyton / Through the Olive Trees
1996 Ta'm e gilass / Taste of Cherry
1999 Bād mā rā khāhad bord / The Wind Will Carry Us
2001 A.B.C Africa
2002 10 / Dah / Ten
2004 10 on Ten
2005 Tickets (co-direct.)
2007 Chacun son cinéma / To Each His Own Cinema (co-direct.)
2008 Shirin / My Sweet Shirin