Majid Majidi (Persian: مجید مجیدی , born 17 April 1959) is an Iranian film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Majidi’s films have touched on many themes and genres and he has won many international awards.
Born in an Iranian middle-class family, he grew up in Tehran and at the age of 14 he started acting in amateur theater groups. He then studied at the Institute of Dramatic Arts in Tehran.
In 1998, Majidi directed the film Children of Heaven, which was nominated to receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Though it lost to the Italian film Life Is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni, Children of Heaven is the first Iranian film to have been nominated by the Academy.
Awards and honors
Majid Majidi has received numerous awards up to now. Here are a few:
- Oecumenical Special Award, 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2001.
- Grand Prix Des Ameriques, 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2001.
- Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, 1998.
- Grand Prix of Americas Best Film, 21st Montreal Festival for World Films, 1999.
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