Rakhshān Bani E'temād
One of the most distinguished Iranian film makers.
Rakhshān Bani E'temād
Rakhshān Bani E'temād, born 3 April 1954 in Tehran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. Widely considered as Iran's premier female director, her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Tehran University and began her career as scrip girl for the Iran National Television in 1973, and shortly was promoted to assistant director. In 1977 she began her directing career as a documentary-filmmaker for television. She continued her work after the 1979 Revolution for the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) before directing her first feature film Kharej az Mahdudeh (Off Limits) (1987). Social theme is dominant in her works and women play the leading role in most of her films. With her forth movie, Nargess in 1991, she was the first woman to win the Best Director award at Iran's most prestigious Fajr Film Festival. Here after, she was established as a well-known figure in Iranian Cinema.
Bani E'temād made an international breakthrough with Rusari Abi (The Blue-Veiled), which was awarded the Bronze Leopard in the 48th Locarno Film Festival in 1995. She has been the member of jury in several local and international festivals. In 1998, she received an award from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in the Netherlands. University of London, in 2008, honored Bani E'temād’s achievements with an honorary doctorate.
Rakhshān Bani E'temād is married to the film producer Jahangir Kosari, and mother of actress Baran Kosari.
Bani E'temād's works:
Kharej az Mahdudeh (1986 - aka Off-Limits)
Zard-e Ghanari (1988 - aka Canary Yellow)
Pul-e Khareji (1989 - aka Foreign Currency)
Rusari Abi (1995 - aka The Blue-Veiled)
Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht (1998 - aka The May Lady)
Baran-O-Bumi (1999 - aka Baran and the Native - short)
Zir-e poost-e shahr (2001 - aka Under the Skin of the City)