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Jafar Panahi

Director, Editor, Writer
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Director
Residence:  Mianeh, Azarbaijan Province, Iran
BirthDay: 11 July 1960
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BIOGRAPHY

Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, The White Balloon (1995). The film won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes. Panahi was quickly recognized as one of the most influential film-makers in Iran. Although his films were often banned in his own country, he continued to receive international acclaim from film theorists and critics and won numerous awards, including the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival for The Mirror (1997), the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Circle (2000), and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Offside (2006). His films are known for their humanistic perspective on life in Iran, often focusing on the hardships of children, the impoverished, and women. Hamid Dabashi has written, "Panahi does not do as he is told - in fact he has made a successful career in not doing as he is told." After several years of conflict with the Iranian government over the content of his films (including several short-term arrests), Panahi was arrested in March 2010 along with his wife, daughter, and 15 friends and later charged with propaganda against the Iranian government. Despite support from filmmakers, film organizations, and human rights organizations from around the world, in December 2010 Panahi was sentenced to a six-year jail sentence and a 20-year ban on directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview with Iranian or foreign media, or from leaving the country except for medical treatment or making the Hajj pilgrimage. While awaiting the result of an appeal he made This Is Not a Film (2011), a documentary feature in the form of a video diary in spite of the legal ramifications of his arrest. It was smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In February 2013 the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival showed Closed Curtain (Pardé) by Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi in competition; Panahi won the Silver Bear for Best Script. Panahi's new film Taxi premiered in competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015 and won Golden Bear, the prize awarded for the best film in the festival.

TIMELINE
2015

By winning the golden bear of Berlin Film festival for his film Taxi in 2015 Jafar Panahi became the only Iranian director who has win three major prizes of the four big main film festivals of Europe

2014

[observation, 2014] I'm really optimistic about the future of Iranian cinema because of all these young and talented filmmakers

2013

In February 2013 the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival showed Closed Curtain (Pardé) by Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi in competition; Panahi won the Silver Bear for Best Script

2011

It was smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

2010

On December 20, 2010, Panahi was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to six years in prison and barred for the next twenty years from film-making, political activity, traveling or giving interviews

2009

Panah Panahi attended the University of Tehran and in 2009 made his first short film, The First Film, which was screened at the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival

2007

Member of the Jury of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 2007

2001

Member of the Jury of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2001, which also presented a retrospective of his films

2000

He has win the golden lion of Venice for his film The Circle in 2000 and the golden leopard of Locarno film festival for The Mirror in 1997

1997

He has not win only the Palm d'or of Cannes film festival which his fellow master Abbas Kiarostami did with his film Taste of Cherry in 1997

1995

The film won the Caméra d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, the first major award won by an Iranian film at Cannes

1984

Together they have a son, Panah Panahi, born in 1984 and a daughter, Solmaz Panahi

1960

Expectations inside and outside of Iran' during the World Cinema Fund Day at the 60th Berlinale

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