Director's Biography

Majid Majidi

Born 1959, Tehran, Iran. Majidi began his career in films in the eighties as an actor, including a role in Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Boycott(1986), but after making several shorts, including Explsion, Hudaj and Examination Day, he decided to become a Professional filmmaker. In 1992 he directed his first feature, Baduk, which, in Iran, won him a prize for the best first film. The Last Village was awarded the golden Butterfly award for best medium length film at 1993 Isfahan Festival for Children and Adults. Following the acclaim which greeted Father (shown in the 1997 LFF), Majidi directed The Children of Heaven (1997), about a poverty-stricken family which faces disaster when a young boy loses his father's shoes. This won three top prizes at 1997 Montreal Film Festival, and was the first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award. The Colour of God won best picture at the 1999 Fajr Film Festival and grand prize of 1999 Montreal Film Festival in Paris, special jury prize in Gijon film festival and many other prizes in international festivals.