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Leila Hatami at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014
October 1, 1972 |
|Spouse(s)||Ali Mosaffa (m. 1998)|
|Children||Mani (b. 2007)
Asal (b. 2008)
|Parents||Ali Hatami (Father)
Zari Khoshkam (Mother)
Leila Hatami (Persian: لیلا حاتمی Leylā Hātamī; born October 1, 1972) is an Iranian actress. She is the daughter of director Ali Hatami and actress Zari Khoshkam, and is married to actor Ali Mosaffa.
After finishing high school, she moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and started her studies in electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). After two years she changed her major to French literature. She completed her study of French in a couple of years, before moving back to Iran. Beside her native Persian language she is fluent in French, English and German.
After a pause of a few years which included the continuation of her studies in Switzerland she made her professional entry into cinema with Dariush Mehrjui's film Leila. Her acting in this film received rave reviews from critics and audiences.
She married her co-star in Leila (Ali Mosaffa) in 1999. They have two children: a son named Mani (born February 2007) and a daughter named Asal (born October 2008).
She had a few short appearances during her childhood which included roles in the Hezar Dastan TV series and the Kamalolmolk movie, as well as a role in 1991 as a blind Turkish princess in Delshodegan.
Having appeared in bit parts in some of her father's movies, Hatami's first lead film appearance was the title role in the 1996 film Leila, directed by Dariush Mehrjui. She received the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress from the 15th Fajr Film Festival.
Her role in The Deserted Station (2002) won the best actress award from the 26th Montreal World Film Festival. She has appeared in her husband's films as a director, Portrait of a Lady Far Away (Ali Mosaffa- 2005) and The Last Step (Ali Mosaffa- 2012). She also designed the sets and the costumes of The Last Step and received a nomination at the Fajr Film Festival for best production design and costume design. In 2012 A Separation won the Academy Award for best foreign film in which Hatami played the leading female role.
In April 2014, she was announced as a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Whilst there, she greeted Cannes President Gilles Jacob with a kiss on the cheek, which is a form of greeting in France. Iran's Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi offered criticism of her for this:
"I hope that those who attend international arenas as Iranian women would be careful about the chastity and dignity of Iranians so that the image of the Iranian woman is not tainted before the world," he said. "If they respect Islamic norms and the national culture and beliefs of Iran, it would be a desirable thing for Iranian celebrities to go abroad, but if their presence lacks regard for social values and ethical criteria, the Iranian nation is not going to accept it."
Filmography and Awards
|1992||Del Shodegan (a.k.a. The Love Stricken)||Ali Hatami|
|1996||Leila||Dariush Mehrjui||Fajr Film Festival Honorary Diploma for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (1997)
Donya-ye Tasvir Award for Best Actress (1997)
|1998||Sheida||Kamal Tabrizi||Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (1999)
Nominated - Donya-ye Tasvir Award for Best Actress (1999)
|2000||The Mix||Dariush Mehrjui|
|2000||Keef-e Englisi (a.k.a. The English Bag) (TV Series)||Seyyed Ziaeddin Dorri||Sima Festival Award for Best Actress in TV Series (2001)|
|2001||Ab va Atash (a.k.a. Water and Fire)||Fereydun Jeyrani||Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actress in Leading Role (2001)|
|2001||Moraba-ye Shirin (a.k.a. The Sweet Jam)||Marzieh Boroomand|
|2002||Ertefae Past (a.k.a. Low Altitude (UK) / Low Heights (US))||Ebrahim Hatamikia||Nominated - Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actress in Leading Role (2002)
Nominated - Donya-ye Tasvir Award for Best Actress (2002)
|2002||Istgah-e Matrouk (a.k.a. The Deserted Station)||Alireza Raeisian||Montreal Film Festival Award for Best Actress (tied) (2002)
Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2002)
Yazd Cinema-ye Haghighat Award for Best Actress (2002)
|2005||Sima-ye Zani Dar Doordast (a.k.a. Portrait of a Lady Far Away)||Ali Mosaffa|
|2005||Salad-e Fasl (a.k.a. Salad of the Season)||Fereydun Jeyrani||Nominated -Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2006)|
|2005||Shaer-e Zobale-ha (a.k.a. Poet of the Wastes)||Mohammad Ahmadi|
|2007||Har Shab Tanhayi (a.k.a. Every Night Loneliness)||Rasoul Sadrameli||Harare Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2011)|
|2007-2008||Paridokht (TV Series)||Saman Moghaddam|
|2008||Bi Pooli (a.k.a. Pennilessness)||Hamid Nematollah||Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2009)
Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2009)
Donya-ye Tasvir Award for Best Actress (2011)
|2009||Chehel Salegi (a.k.a. 40 Years Old)||Alireza Raeisian||Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2010)|
|2009||Parseh dar Meh (a.k.a. Roaming in the Mist)||Bahram Tavakkoli||Nominated - Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actress in Leading Role (2010)
Nominated - Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2010)
|2010||There Are Things You Don't Know||Fardin Saheb Zamani||Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2010)|
|2011||Aseman-e mahboob (a.k.a. What a Wonderful Life or Lovely Sky)||Dariush Mehrjui|
|2011||A Separation||Asghar Farhadi||Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi) (2011)
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Actress (with Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi) (2012)
Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2011)
Nominated - Asian Film Awards Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2012)
|2011||Felicity Land||Maziar Miri|
|2012||Meeting Leila||Adel Yaraghi||San Francisco Iranian Film Festival for Best Actress (2013)|
|2012||The Last Step||Ali Mosaffa||Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award for Best Actress (2012)
Nominated - Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2012)
Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Production Design and Costume Design (2012)
|2012||Narenji Poush||Dariush Mehrjui||Nominated - Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2012)|
|2013||Sealed Secret||Hadi Moghadam Dost||Nominated - Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2013)|
|2014||What's the Time in Your World?||Safi Yazdanian|
|2014||Black Electronic Shekhar||Anubhav Sinha||Narrator (Persian voice-dub)|
- Terri Ginsberg; Chris Lippard (11 March 2010). Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema. Scarecrow Press. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7364-3.
- Tom Vick (2007). Asian cinema: a field guide. Collins.
- 15th Fajr Film Festival Awards. Fajr International Film Festival, Retrieved June 25, 2006.
- Awards 2002. World Film Festival, Retrieved June 25, 2006.
- "The Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes". Cannes. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Leila Hatami.|
- Leila Hatami at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Leila Hatami, Leila Hatami answers your questions, BBC Persian, January 31, 2006: Text, Voice.
- Script of Shāer-e Zobāle-hā (شاعر زباله ها), by Mohsen Makhmalbaf: . (Persian)
- An unofficial fan site: Leila-Hatami.com (Persian)