Bahman Ghobadi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bahman Ghobadi
Bahman Ghobadi at a press conference at San Sebastián Film Festival (2006)
Born (1969-02-01) February 1, 1969 (age 54)
Baneh, Iran
EducationIran Broadcasting University
Occupation(s)Director, producer, writer

Bahman Ghobadi (Persian: بهمن قبادی; Kurdish: به‌همه‌ن قوبادی, romanized: Behmen Qubadî; born 1 February 1969) is an Iranian Kurdish film director, producer and writer. He belongs to the "new wave" of Iranian cinema.[1][2]


He was born in Baneh, a Kurdish city in Iran. His family moved to Sanandaj in 1981. Ghobadi received a Bachelor of Arts in film directing from Iran Broadcasting College. After a brief career in industrial photography, Ghobadi began making short 8 mm films. His documentary Life in Fog won numerous awards. Bahman Ghobadi was assistant director on Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us.[3]

Bahman Ghobadi founded Mij Film in 2000, a company with the aim of production of films in Iran about its different ethnic groups. His first feature film was A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), the first Kurdish film produced in Iran.[4] The film won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His second feature was Marooned in Iraq (2002), which brought him the Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival. His third feature, Turtles Can Fly, followed in 2004, winning the Glass Bear and Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.[5]

In 2006, Ghobadi's Half Moon won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Iran's renowned actors Golshifteh Farahani, Hassan Poorshirazi and Hedyeh Tehrani acted in this movie. The music of the movie was made by Iran's musician Hossein Alizadeh. The film, which was a collaborative project by Iran, France, Austria and Iraq, was shot fully in Iranian Kurdistan. However, it narrates the story of a group of Iranian Kurdish musicians who would like to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan and organize a concert there.[6]

In 2006, Index on Censorship gave Ghobadi an Index Film Award for making a significant contribution to freedom of expression through his film Turtles Can Fly.[7]

In May 2009, his film No One Knows About Persian Cats won an Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize ex-aequo when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. This film chronicles the hardships facing young Iranian musicians seeking to evade censorship.


Ghobadi at the presentation of his film Nobody Knows About Persian Cats in San Sebastián 2009

As director[edit]

Film Date
Golbaji 1990 short film
A Glance 1990 short film
Again Rain with Melody 1995 short film
Party 1996 short film
Like Mother 1996 short film
God's Fish 1996 short film
Notebook's Quote 1996 short film
Ding 1996 short film
Life in Fog 1997 short film
The Pigeon of Nader Flew 1997 short film
Telephone Booth 1997 short film
A Time for Drunken Horses 2000
Marooned in Iraq 2002
War is Over 2003 short film
Daf 2003 short film
Turtles Can Fly 2004
Half Moon 2006
No One Knows About Persian Cats 2009
Rhino Season 2012

As actor[edit]

Ghobadi made a cameo appearance in the 2019 film The Irishman, where he portrayed a prison cook who serves Jimmy Hoffa an ice cream sundae. While Ghobadi does not enjoy acting, he says he appeared in the film out of respect for Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Iranian New Wave, by Jeffrey M. Anderson". Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  2. ^ The Iranian New Wave, Iranian filmmakers enjoy a golden age Archived February 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Full cast and crew for Bad ma ra khahad bord, IMDd. Retrieved November 10, 2012
  4. ^ Peter Scarlet. Kurdish Director, Stuck Between Iraq and Iran, The New York Times, December 16, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2012
  5. ^ Awards for Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand, IMDd. Retrieved November 10, 2012
  6. ^ Jeannette Catsoulis. Harsh Realities and Mystical Power, The New York Times, December 14, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2012
  7. ^ "Freedom of Expression Film Award for Turtles Can Fly". Archived from the original on November 4, 2006.

External links[edit]