Majid Majidi

Majid Majidi ( born 1959 in Tehran, Iran), Persian مجید مجیدی, is an Iranian film director, film producer, film actor and screenwriter. He is considered one of the most important Iranian filmmakers of the 90s and 2000s.

  • 2.1 as a director
  • 2.2 as an actor


Youth and early career

Majidi grew up in poor circumstances in Tehran and began fourteen years play in amateur theater groups of the Kanun -e Parvaresh. He studied at the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Tehran. After the Islamic revolution in 1979, he worked as a professional actor and has starred in several films by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, including Boycott of 1985.

Beginning of the 80s he directed even some documentaries and short films. His first feature film was Baduk (1992 ), in which he directed, wrote the screenplay and played one of the two lead roles. The film was shown at the International Film Festival of Cannes and won several national awards. After the 45 -minute drama Akhareen Abadeh he published in 1995 the film Khoda miad, which is about a seriously ill mother in a small village whose daughter a self-addressed letter asking God to help the mother submits, (1993).

Success as a director

The breakthrough came in 1996 with Majidi Pedar ( Father ) over a fourteen- year-old who is looking for work after the death of his father and finds, after a trip to the south of Iran that his family has changed. Pedar won awards at several film festivals, including on the Iranian Fajr Film Festival for Best Film, the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and a Special Mention at the São Paulo International Film Festival.

Even more successful than Pedar, both commercially and at film awards, the children's film was The Children of Heaven, which premiered in 1997. It's about two children of a poor Iranian family who together own only one pair of shoes. In addition to awards at the Fajr Film Festival and the Canadian World Film Festival, the film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

His next directorial effort was the drama The Color of Paradise (1999) about a blind boy (played by Mohsen Ramezani ), whose father is ashamed of his son's disability. The film was showing a special prize at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón, the films for children and young people, and awarded the main prize at the World Film Festival and was nominated twice for the Young Artist Award.

With Baran (rain) from the year 2001, he again scored a festival success. The film, which tells the love story between a 17 -year-old Kurd and an Afghan girl who disguised himself to get work as a boy, won the screenplay and the directing prize at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón, and the main prize at the World Film Festival. He was also nominated for the European Film Award for Best Non- European Film as well as for the Satellite Award.

The documentation Pa berahneh ta Herat ( Barefoot to Herat ) and the five-minute short film tu Olympik urdugah were other projects Majidis before with Beed -e Majnoon ( weeping willow ) again could produce a feature film in 2005. The drama focuses on the blind university professor Youssef ( Parviz Parastui ) who travels because of an illness for an operation to France. The film won four awards at the Fajr Film Festival.

2008 Majidi was represented by his first feature film The Song of Sparrows in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and actor Reza Naji was honored with the Silver Bear for Best Actor. Months later, the film was selected as the official Iranian contribution for the nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2009.


As a director

As an actor