Bahman Farmanara, born in 1942 in Tehran, initially studied at the London School of Music before going on to graduate in directing from the University of Southern California. He returned to Iran in 1966, working as a journalist for print, radio and TV, before making his first short film “Nouruz and Caviar” in 1971. One year later he completed “House of Ghamar Khanoom”, his first full-length feature film, and quickly followed it by the prize-winning “Prince Ehtejab”. He became head of the Iranian Film Industry Development Company in 1977. Before he left Iran for France in 1980, he had already shot his third film “Tall Shadows of the Wind” (1979). After moving to Canada in 1981, he founded the Children’s Film Festival in Vancouver and the Cinema Circle of Canada. He returned to Iran in 1994 to run his family’s textile business, teaching at the Tehran College of Film and Theatre until 1997. He then decided to make “Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine” (2000), a film about what happens to an Iranian director when the censors forbid him to make any films for 22 years – and won no less than eight prizes at the Fadjr Film Festival in Tehran. His latest film, “The House Built on Water”, was released in 2002 and was awarded the main Golden Simorgh prize at the Fadjr Film Festival.
Author: House of World Cultures