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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Highest Rated:   96% Osama (2004)
Lowest Rated:   74% Blackboards (2002)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
87% The President
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2016
88% The Gardener
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
83% The Silence (Sokout)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet The Silence
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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)
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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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