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Date of birth
1973, Neishabour, Iran
(22 December 1973, Neishabour; Iran)
Selected filmography of
Abdolreza Kahani was born in the city of Neishabour on 22 December 1973.
Since the age of fourteen, he had been working as an actor, writer and
director in various plays and won many awards during both his schooling and
In 1991 he obtained his [high school] diploma in the
city of Neishabour in the field of culture and literature (Social Sciences) and
subsequently enrolled at the Azad University of Arak to study acting.
graduating in 1996, he began his master’s degree at the faculty of arts and
architecture , but he abandoned his studies in the final stages of
Kahani began his career in cinema with making short films. At the age of
sixteen, he worked as a producer for a short film titled Laughter. Unfortunately
no copy of this film is currently available.
In 1998, Kahani’s first
professional screenplay was adapted into a movie by Mahdi Borghei titled Voyage
to The East. Then in years that followed, he devoted much of his time to making
short films. His first short work was Travellers of Need (2002).
2004, he directed Dance with the Moon, which stopped in the half-way of
production because of content disagreements with the producer. Adam is Kahani’s
first big screen movie which was directed in 2007.
After being screened
in the Fajr Film Festival, the movie was banned. In 2008, Kahani directed Over
There, but this movie banned quickly by [Ahmadinejad’s] Culture Ministry and
subsequently disqualified from the Fajr Film Festival. Twenty is the name of
Kahani’s next work, which was released in 2009. This was the first time that one
of Kahani’s movies was screened publicly. For directing this movie, Kahani went
to the Damascus International Film Festival. Twenty won the silver statue in the
long movie category at the International Film Festival of Damascus.
2010, his next movie Nothing was released. A censored version was authorised for
screening in Iran, however, it has not permission for screening outside the
country yet. It was right after the production of this movie that the new law of
obtain authorisation for being screened outside of the country, as well as in
the country was enacted. Nothing would become the first movie to ever fail in
obtaining the mentioned authorisation.
During the 28th Fajr Film
Festival, Nothing was introduced to the audience with only one sequence and won
their praise instantly. Iran’s Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs,
who had banned the movie until that point, for its alleged blackwashing, decided
to remove the ban and the movie was finally screened in March 2010.
11 July 2009, at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and while
accepting the Special Jury Prize and the Prize of Ecumenical Jury for Twenty,
Kahani asked the audience to stand up in respect for the defiance of the Iranian
people during the protests against the disputed re-election of Ahmadinejad as
In 2011, Kahani directed the movie Absolutely Tame Is a
Horse. Owing to a lawsuit filed by the Iranian Police as well as opposition from
the Culture Ministry, it took seven months for the movie to obtain authorisation
for screening. Nevertheless, like his previous film, it was not granted
permission for overseas screening and could not reach a wider international
audience. The movie’s international distributer, which had previously lobbied to
ensure a foreign premiere of the film, was met with requests for its screening
by a number of well-known film festivals.
However, the Culture Ministry
halted the distributer’s activities and continued to prevent the movie’s
screening. The move resulted in statements of support being issued by the
directors of a number of film festivals including Abu Dhabi and Chicago. By no
reason is the name of Kahani’s last movie, which was released in 2012.
Authorisation for the movie was granted after seven months, but the movie has
stumbled upon many obstacles for its screening. Twenty is the only Kahani movie
ever to be shown on Iran’s state television.
As a result of the difficulties he faced over the release of his movie For By
No Reason, Kahani finally left Iran for France and, in 2014, directed the movie
We've got time there. We've got time has already been screened at the
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Following the movie’s production,
Kahani returned to Iran and filmed his latest movie Absolute Rest, which
features some of Iran’s most well-acclaimed actors.
As one might assume, Kahani’s other movies have also encountered many
difficulties, the most important of which has been obtaining screening permits.
In the period of five years, five of Kahani’s screenplays were not received
screening permission and he has thus written alternative screenplays
Dance with the
Ja (aka Over There) (Golden Alexander award of the Thessaloniki Film
Asb heyvan-e najibi ast
* Special Prize of the Jury, Karlovy Vary International
Film Festival, 2009.
* Golden Alexander, Thessaloniki Film
Delighted | Eradatmand Nazanin Bahareh Tina (2016)
By No Reason | Bikhod-O-Bijahat (2012)
Absolutely Tame As a Horse | Asb heyvan-e najibi ast (2011)
Twenty - Bist (2009)
Nothing - Hich (2009)
Over There | An Ja (2008)
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