Farahani at the 39th César Awards, 2014
July 10, 1983
|Alma mater||Azad University|
(m. 2003; div. 2013)
Christos Dorje Walker
(m. 2015; div. 2017)
|Relatives||Behzad Farahani (father) |
Shaghayegh Farahani (sister) Fahimeh Rahiminia (mother)
Golshifteh Farahani (Persian: گلشیفته فراهانی, born 10 July 1983) is an Iranian actress, musician and singer. Golshifteh has acted in 25 films, many of which have received international recognition. She was nominated for the Most Promising Actress Award for The Patience Stone at the 2014 Cesar Awards in France, and won the Best Actress Award for Boutique from the 26th Nantes Three Continents Festival (France). In recent years she has played a leading role in movies by well-known Iranian and international directors, including Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Ghobadi, Rasool Mollagholipoor, Jim Jarmusch, Ridley Scott, Joachim Rønning, and Espen Sandberg. She had a leading role in the drama About Elly, which won Best Picture at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and a won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. She has not worked in her native Iran since, having courted controversy, and currently resides in France.
Golshifteh Farahani was born on 10 July 1983 in Tehran, the daughter of Behzad Farahani, a theatre director and actor, and Fahimeh Rahim Nia. Her sister is actress Shaghayegh Farahani. Golshifteh, who started studying music and playing the piano at the age of five, later entered a music school in Tehran. At 14, Golshifteh was cast as the lead in Dariush Mehrjui's The Pear Tree. For that work, she won the Crystal Roc for Best Actress from the International Section of the 16th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.
The movie The Patience Stone (2012), directed by Atiq Rahimi from his novel, has received a majority of positive reviews upon its release. One of her upcoming movies is Rumi's Kimia. Still in development, it is directed by Dariush Mehrjui and is based on the novel "Kimia Khatoon", by Saideh Ghods. Golshifteh also starred in a 2012 César Award's video in the Most Promising Actors category.
In 2016, Golshifteh played Anna Karenina on stage in Paris and received great reviews from all the French press. In 2017, Golshifteh appeared in the fantasy film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, with Johnny Depp.
Besides acting, Golshifteh is involved in environmental activities; she has also become an ambassador for fighting tuberculosis in Iran. In Iran, Golshifteh was part of an underground rock band named "Kooch Neshin" (Nomads), which won the 2nd Tehran Avenue underground rock competition. Since leaving Iran, she has continued her music career as well, teaming up with another exiled Iranian musician, Mohsen Namjoo. Their album Oy was released in October 2009.
In December 2014, she took the 6th place in the Annual Independent Critics Beauty List of 2014. Golshifteh now lives in Paris, France. Since moving to Paris, she has worked with directors including Roland Joffe, Hiner Saleem and Marjane Satrapi. She has also been a member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival.
Following her acting in the U.S. film Body of Lies, she reportedly had been prevented by Iranian authorities from leaving Iran. However, this was denied by her colleagues and she later appeared at the movie's premiere in the U.S. Golshifteh's last film performance in Iran was in About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi.
In January 2012, it was reported that Golshifteh would not be welcome in her homeland after posing nude in the French Madame Figaro. Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that Iranian government officials told Golshifteh that "Iran does not need actors or artists like you. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else." A picture from the shoot on her Facebook page initiated a lively debate about her behavior. She also appeared topless in a short black-and-white film by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, called Corps et Âmes, or Bodies and Souls.
|1997||Derakht e Golabie (The Pear Tree)||Mim (Mitra)||Simorgh Prize for Best Actress at the Fajr Film Festival|
|2000||Haft Parde (Seven Acts)||The Angel||Banned in Iran|
|2002||Jayee Digar (Somewhere Else)||Raha|
|2003||Deux fereshté (Two Angels)||Azar||Banned in Iran|
Selected for the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival
|Boutique||Eti||Best Actress at the Nantes Three Continents Festival|
Best Actress at the House of Cinema Festival (Tehran)
|2004||Ashk-e Sarma (The Tear of the Cold)||Ronak||Best Actress at the Kazan International Film Festival|
Best Actress at the House of Cinema Festival (Tehran)
|Bab'Aziz: Le prince qui contemplait son âme||Noor||Banned in Iran|
|2005||The Fish Fall in Love||Touka||Selected at Rotterdam Film Festival|
|Be Nam-e Pedar (In the Name of the Father)||Habibeh|
|Niwemang (Half Moon)||Niwemang||Banned in Iran|
Selected at the Toronto Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival
|2007||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)||Sepideh||Best Actress at the Kazan Film Festival|
|To Each His Cinema||Self||Short film|
Banned in Iran
Shown at the Cannes Film Festival
|Santouri (The Music Man)||Hanieh||Banned in Iran|
|2008||Shirin||Self||Shown at the Venice Film Festival|
|Hamisheh Paye Yek Zan Dar Miyan Ast (There's Always a Woman in Between)||Maryam|
|Divar (The Wall)||Setareh||Selected at the Tokyo Film Festival and the Taormina Film Festival|
|Body of Lies||Aisha|
|2009||About Elly (Darbareye Elly)||Sepideh|
|2010||Si Tu Meurs, Je Te Tue (I'll Kill You If You Die)||Siba|
|2011||There Be Dragons||Leila|
|Chicken With Plums (Poulet Aux Prunes)||Iran|
|2012||Just Like a Woman||Mona|
|The Patience Stone||The Woman|
|2013||My Sweet Pepperland||Govend|
|Exodus: Gods and Kings||Nefertari|
|2015||Les Deux Amis||Mona|
|Ports of Calls||Clara|
|Sophie's Misfortunes||Madame de Réan|
|2017||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Shansa|
|The Song of Scorpions||Nooran|
|Santa & Cie||Amélie|
|2018||Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun)||Bahar|
|The Night Eats the World||Sarah|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Fajr International Film Festival||Best Actress from the International Section||Derakht e Golabie (The Pear Tree)||Won|
|2004||Three Continents Festival (Nantes, France)||Prix d'Interpretation Feminine||Boutique||Won|
|Fajr International Film Festival||Best Actress||Ashk-e Sarma (The Tear of the Cold)||Nominated|
|House of Cinema Festival (Tehran)||Best Actress||Ashk-e Sarma (The Tear of the Cold)
|2005||Fajr International Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Mahiha Ashegh Mishavand (The Fish Fall in Love)||Nominated|
|2006||Kazan International Film Festival||Best Actress||Ashk-e Sarma (The Tear of the Cold)||Won|
|2007||Roshd International Film Festival (Tehran)||Special Prize for the Best Actress||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)||Won|
|Kowsar Film Festival (Mashhad)||Best Actress||Won|
|2008||Fajr International Film Festival||Best Actress||Divar (The Wall)
Hamisheh Paye Yek Zan Dar Miyan Ast (There's Always a Woman in Between)
|Kazan International Film Festival||Best Actress||Mim Mesle Madar (M for Mother)||Won|
|Asolo Film Festival (Italy)||Eleonora Duse Award||International Recognition for a Prominent Figure in Theater or Cinema||Won|
|Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Actress||Darbareye Elly (About Elly)||Nominated|
|2012||Gijón International Film Festival||Best Actress||The Patience Stone||Won|
|Abu Dhabi Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2013||Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Actress||My Sweet Pepper Land||Nominated|
|Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||The Patience Stone||Nominated|
|2014||Stony Brook Film Festival||Outstanding Performance||My Sweet Pepper Land||Nominated|
|César Awards, France||Most Promising Actress||The Patience Stone||Nominated|
|2015||International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)||Best Actress||Darbareye Elly (About Elly)||Nominated|
|2016||Lumières Awards, France||Most Promising New Actress||Les Deux Amis (Two Friends)||Nominated|
|2018||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Paterson||Nominated|
|2003||Maryam and Mardavij||Mayan|
|2004||The Black Narcissus||Workshop|
|2005||Mofatesh (The Inspector)||Firoozeh||Banned in Iran|
|2013||A Private Dream||Sarah||Toured North America (March–April 2013)|
|2016||Anna Karenina||Anna Karenina||Toured around the France and in Paris at the Théâtre de la Tempête directed by Gaëtan Vassart|
|2014||"Pola"||Jabberwocky (featuring Clara Cappgli)|||
|August 10, 2009||Sala Verdi, Milan Conservatory||With Mohsen Namjoo, presentation of the new album Oy|
|November 9, 2009||Lido, Venice||With Mohsen Namjoo, during the Venice Film Festival|
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