Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

  • Highest Rated: 96% Osama (2004)
  • Lowest Rated: 74% Blackboards (2002)
  • Birthday: May 29, 1957
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • One of the most popular and influential Iranian filmmakers of his era, Mohsen Makhmalbaf was born in Teheran on May 29, 1957. As a working-class teen, he became involved with a militant terrorist group battling against the Shah's regime, and at the age of 17, he was sentenced to die after stabbing a policeman. Ultimately, his youth allowed him to escape the fate of a firing squad, and after serving only five years of his sentence, he was freed in the wake of the country's 1979 Islamic revolution. After his release, Makhmalbaf helped establish an artists' group known as the Islamic Propagation Organization, and he became a prolific writer of plays, essays, short stories, and finally screenplays.His first filmed script was 1981's The Explanation, and he directed his first feature, Nassouh's Repentance, the following year. Throughout the remainder of the decade, he wrote and directed roughly one film a year, each wildly different in style and content. Among his other early works were 1983's Two Sightless Eyes, 1984's Fleeing From Evil to God, and 1985's Boycott, a fictionalized account of his time in prison. With 1986's The Peddler, an autobiographical collection of vignettes exploring the plight of Iran's urban poor, Makhmalbaf first began attracting international film festival attention. With 1990's Time of Love and its immediate follow-up, The Nights of Zayandeh Roud, he also came under the scrutiny of the Iranian government, which promptly banned both features. Again switching gears, in 1992 he released Once Upon a Time, Cinema, a comic fantasy about the evolution of Iranian filmmaking. While making 1993's The Actor, a satire of the media in contemporary Iran, his first wife burned to death in a domestic accident (he later married her sister). The power of the film remained his focus for 1994's Salaam Cinema, and with 1996's Gabbeh, he even found U.S. distribution for his work. Makhmalbaf was also the subject of several documentaries, among them Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up and Houshang Golmakani's Stardust-Stricken, Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait.

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No Score Yet Marghe and Her Mother Screenwriter Director 2019
84% The President Director Screenwriter 2016
88% The Gardener Director Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet The Story Of Film: An Odyssey: Parts 13-15 Actor 2012
No Score Yet Raj dlja mamy (Mother's Paradise) Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Two-Legged Horse Producer Screenwriter 2008
80% Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution Actor 2007
No Score Yet Scream of the Ants Director 2006
No Score Yet Sex & Philosophy Producer Director 2005
No Score Yet Shaere zobale-ha (Poet of the Wastes) Screenwriter 2005
96% Osama Producer 2004
74% Blackboards Producer 2002
No Score Yet Alefbay-e afghan (Afghan Alphabet) Director 2002
88% Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) Producer Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the 1979 Revolution Actor 2001
89% Kandahar: Le soleil derrière la lune Director 2001
88% Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) Himself 1999
89% A Moment of Innocence The Director Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet The Silence Screenwriter Director 1999
83% The Silence (Sokout) Director Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet Ghessé hayé kish (Kish Tales)(Tales of Kish) Director 1999
80% The Apple Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet The Cyclist (Bicycleran)(Docharkheh Savar) Screenwriter Director Producer 1998
90% Gabbeh Director Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet Stardust Stricken, Mohsen Makhmalbaf: A Portrait Actor 1996
No Score Yet Salaam Cinema Himself Director 1995
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time, Cinema Director 1992
No Score Yet The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood (Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood) Screenwriter Director 1990
No Score Yet Arousi-ye Khouban (Marriage of the Blessed) Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet Peddler Director Producer Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Boycott Screenwriter Director 1986


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