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Mohsen Makhmalbaf


Date of Birth: 29 May 1957Tehran, Iran

Short Biography: Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today.

Many of his films like Salam Cinema, A Moment Of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President have been widely well received across the globe and have brought him over 50 international awards from the prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Locarno... His film Kandahar has been chosen as one of the top 100 best movies of history of cinema by Times Magazine.

His fame as the most prominent filmmaker of Iran made him the subject of an identity theft by someone who wished to become a filmmaker. This incident turned to a famous film called Close up by Abbas Kiarostami.

Makhmalbaf has also taught his three children about the art of cinema. His older daughter Samira holds the record for the youngest filmmaker who have been selected for the official section of Cannes at the age of 17 with her first debut titled The Apple. Samira has also won the Grand Jury Prize of Cannes twice with her second and and third film titled The Blackboards and At Five In The Afternoon. Hana, Makhmalbaf's younger daughter, won the Crystal Bear of Berlin and the Grand Jury Prize of San Sebastian Film Festival with her first feature film.

At the age of 17 as a political activist Mohsen was shot by the police and spent 5 years in prison as a political prisoner. His fight and human right activities against dictatorship in Iran has continued till today. With his film Afghan Alphabet he managed to change a law in Iran which resulted in opening the door of schools and universities for education of over half million Afghan children refugee in his country. Makhmalbaf, the prestigious Manhae Peace Award winner, had also established his own NGO in Iran in which he executed 82 different human right projects for helping women and children of Afghanistan.

Since 2009, all 40 films of Makhmalbaf family alongside Mohsen's 30 published book are banned in his homeland. The Iranian government has also levied a ban on Makhmalbaf's name in the media. In 2013, the Iranian government also removed over 120 international awards of Makhmalbaf family from the museum of cinema in Iran.


The President (2014)

# 13523 IMDb

The President (2014)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Drama (1h 59min)

Georgia Georgia, France France, UK UK, Germany Germany

Rated 7.3 after 1,124 votes, 67% postive reviews on 18-Oct-18.

2 wins & 3 nominations

A brutal dictator comes face to face with the injustices committed by his regime when his country is taken over by revolutionists.

Safar e Ghandehar (2001)

# 04971 IMDb

Safar e Ghandehar (2001)


Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Drama (1h 25min)

France France, Iran Iran

Rated 6.8 after 6,113 votes, 76% postive reviews on 02-Jan-19.

3 wins & 6 nominations

Nafas is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada when she was a child. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to commit suicide during the final eclipse before (...)

Sokout (1998)

# 14856 IMDb Not Rated 

Sokout (1998)

(The Silence)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Drama, Music (1h 16min)

Iran Iran, Tajikistan Tajikistan, France France

Rated 7.1 after 1,083 votes on 18-Oct-18.

3 wins & 1 nomination

Because of his special gift in identifying objects by the sounds they make, a blind young boy is employed as a string instrument tuner in a small village in Tajikistan. He may be blind but that does not mean he cannot see. On his way to work, he could tell the quality of the bread the young girls along the streets are peddling by simply touching their ware. His world is made more colorful and (...)

Gabbeh (1996)

# 04377 IMDb

Gabbeh (1996)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Drama (1h 15min)

Iran Iran, France France

Rated 7.0 after 2,506 votes on 21-Oct-18.

4 wins & 1 nomination

Early one morning, an old couple emerge from a hut, she carrying a gabbeh, a small carpet, that she wove many years ago while waiting for her husband-to-be to carry her on horseback away from her family clan. As they wash the gabbeh, it comes to life, telling the old woman's story of waiting for marriage. We join the clan with its sheep, the shearing and spinning and dyeing of wool, and the (...)

Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)

# 11668 IMDb

Nema-ye Nazdik (1990)


Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Documentary, Drama (1h 38min)

Iran Iran

Rated 8.3 after 11,970 votes on 15-Jan-19.

2 wins

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place.

Bicycleran (1987)

# 09697 IMDb

Bicycleran (1987)

(The Cyclist)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Drama (1h 35min)

Iran Iran

Rated 7.4 after 1,549 votes on 05-Oct-18.

1 win

The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle continuously for a week. The promoter brings in sick and aged spectators, haranguing them to find hope in Nasim's strength. Aided by his son, who feeds (...)

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