Ali Abbasi (director)

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Ali Abbasi (Persian: علی عباسی‎, born 1981, Tehran)[1] is an Iranian-Danish film director and screenplay writer. He attended Tehran Polytechnic University until 2002, when he emigrated to Europe to study architecture at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. After earning his bachelor of arts in 2007,[2] he enrolled at the National Film School of Denmark, earning his degree in 2011 with the short film M for Markus.[1] He lives in Copenhagen but continues to hold an Iranian passport.[3][4]


Year Title Director Writer Editor
2011 M for Markus (short) Yes Yes Yes
2016 Shelley Yes Yes
2018 Border Yes Yes


Year Event Award Title
2018 Cannes International Film Festival Un Certain Regard Award[5][6] Border


  1. ^ a b "Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin: Shelley" (PDF). Berlinale. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ali Abbasi • Director". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ "Director Ali Abbasi on how Cannes title 'Border' channels "the experience of being a minority"". Screen. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  4. ^ Kohn, Eric (2018-09-01). "Iranian Filmmaker Is Reportedly the First From His Country to Gain Exception to Trump Travel Ban — Telluride". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ Lodge, Guy (18 May 2018). "Cannes: 'Border' Leads Un Certain Regard Award Winners". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Ali ABBASI - Festival de Cannes 2018". Festival de Cannes 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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