Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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genre(subgenre):
Film (documentary, feature film)
Written and spoken word (novel, script, short story)
region:
Middle East, Asia, Southeast
country/territory:
Iran (Islamic Republic of), Indonesia
created on:
February 14, 2004
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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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Mohsen Makhmalbaf grew up in a religious and politically active family. Born in 1957 in Tehran, he left school at 11 to earn money to help support his family. At 17, he joined a militant anti-Shah group and in 1974, while involved in activities against the Shah’s regime, was shot and arrested. Shortly after the Islamic Revolution, he was released and began to work as a radio journalist, later founding the Islamic cultural centre Hozeh together with his friends. He is a prolific author, regularly publishing short-stories and screenplays, and has more than 20 novels to his credit. His works have also been translated into many languages. He founded the Makhmalbaf Film School in order to teach his three children. Initially, Makhmalbaf’s first films, such as “Nassouh’s Repentance”, concentrated on depicting the real life of ordinary people. His later works have moved away from unadorned realism to focus more on conveying mood and image. Nearly all of his films have well received at international film festivals and many have won major awards. In “A Moment of Innocence” (1996) he reflects on the situation when he was arrested 20 years earlier.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Works

The Man Who Came With the Snow

Film / TV,
2009
Script and Co-direction with Marzieh Meshkini

Two-legged Horse

Film / TV,
2008
Script. Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Scream of the Ants

Film / TV,
2006

Poet of the Wastes

Film / TV,
2005
Shaere zobale-ha

The Chair

Film / TV,
2005

Colder Than Fire

Film / TV,
2005

Sex & Philosophy

Film / TV,
2005

Monday Market

Film / TV,
2004

At Five in the Afternoon

Published Written,
2003
Panj é asr. Novel. Film script: Samira Makhmalbaf

The Afghan Alphabet

Film / TV,
2002
Alefbay-e afghan. Documentary

Kandahar

Film / TV,
2001
Safar e Ghandehar

The Blackboard

Film / TV,
2000
Takhté siah. Script together with Samira Makhmalbaf. Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

The Day I Became a Woman

Film / TV,
2000
Roozi ke zan shodam. Script together with Marzieh Meshkini. Direction: Marzieh Meshkini

Test of Democracy

Film / TV,
1999
With Farrokh-yar

Tales of Kish

Film / TV,
1999

Sib

Film / TV,
1998
Script together with Samira Makhmalbaf. Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Silence

Film / TV,
1998
Sokout

Gabbeh

Film / TV,
1996

Nun o Goldun

Film / TV,
1996

Bread and Flower-pot

Established,
1995
(retitled "A Moment of Innocence")

Salaam Cinema

Film / TV,
1995

Images from the Ghajar Dynasty

Film / TV,
1993

The Actor

Film / TV,
1993
Honarpisheh

Mard-e na-tamam

Film / TV,
1992

Once Upon a Time, Cinema

Film / TV,
1991

The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

Film / TV,
1991
Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood

Time of Love

Film / TV,
1990
Nobat e Asheghi

Marriage of the Blessed

Film / TV,
1989
Arousi-ye Khouban

The Bicyclist

Film / TV,
1987
Bicycleran

The Peddler

Film / TV,
1987
Dastforoush

The Street Vendor

Film / TV,
1986

Boycott

Film / TV,
1985

Fleeing from Evil to God

Film / TV,
1984
Este´aze

Two Blind Eyes

Film / TV,
1984
Do Cheshman Beesu

Tobeh Nosuh

Film / TV,
1983

Marg Deegari

Film / TV,
1982
Script. Director: Mohamad Reza Honarmand

Merits

2007
"Scythian Deer", from the President of Ukraine
President of Asian Film Academy

2006
"Parajanov Award" for outstanding Artistic contribution to the world cinema

2001
Federico Fellini Gold Medal, UNESCO

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Far Near Distance

Contemporary Positions of Iranian Artists

(19 March 04 - 09 May 04)