November 19, 2008
Festival Honors Iranian Filmmaker Majid Majidi
Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was born in 1959 to a middle-class family in Tehran, where he grew up. At fourteen, he started acting in amateur theater troupes, and eventually enrolled at the Institute of Dramatic Art. Developing an interest in cinema after the Islamic Revolution in 1978, he appeared in various films, most notably Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Boycott (1985).
His first feature, Baduk, which he wrote as well as directed in 1992, was presented during the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won several awards in Iran. Since then, he has written and directed several films that have received worldwide attention, notably Children of Heaven (1997), which won Best Picture at the Montréal World Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1999 Academy Awards—the only Iranian film to date to get the nod from Oscar.
Majidi was honored with a tribute at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival. His classic Children of Heaven was screened, as well as his new film The Song of Sparrows.
In this podcast episode, Majidi talks about his films and the state of Iranian filmmaking with noted film critic Robert Denerstein and Festival Artistic Director Brit Withey.
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