Majid Majidi was born
in Teheran in 1959 from an Iranian middle class family. After
the Islamic revolution in 1978, his interest in cinema brought
him to act in various films, notably "Boycott"
(1985) from Mohsen Makhmalbaf. His debut as a director and
screenwriter is marked by "Baduk"
(1992), his first feature film that was presented at the
Directors Fortnight in Cannes. "Children
of Heaven" (1997) won the "Best Picture" at
Montreal International Film Festival and was nominated for Best
Foreign Film Academy Award. "The
Color of Paradise" (1999) has also won the "Best
Picture" award at Montreal
International Film Festival. This film has been selected
as one of the best 10 films of year 2000 by Time Magazine and
the Critics Picks of the New-York Times. "Baran"
has won several major awards worldwide, notably the "Best
Picture" award at the 25th Montreal World Film Festival
and nominated for the European
Film Academy Award. In 2001, during the Afghanistan war,
he produced Barefoot to
Herat , an emotional documentary on Afghanistan's refugee
camps, that won the Fipresci
Award at Thessaloniki Festival. In 2005, he directed "The Willow Tree" that won four
awards at the 2005 Fajr Festival in Tehran.
Majjid Majid has received the Douglas
Sirk Award in 2001, and the Amici
Vittorio de Sica Award in 2003.
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