Golshifteh Farahani

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Golshifteh Farahani
Golshifteh Farahani Césars 2014 2.jpg
Farahani at the 2014 César Awards
Born
Rahavard Farahani

(1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 38)
Tehran, Iran
Alma materAzad University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)
Amin Mahdavi
(m. 2003; div. 2013)

Christos Dorje Walker
(m. 2015; div. 2017)
Parent(s)
RelativesShaghayegh Farahani (sister)

Rahavard Farahani (Persian: رهاورد فراهانی; born (1983-07-10)10 July 1983), known professionally as Golshifteh Farahani (گلشیفته فراهانی), is an Iranian actress. She is known for her performances in M for Mother (2006), Body of Lies (2008), About Elly (2009), The Patience Stone (2012), Paterson (2016), Girls of the Sun (2018), and Extraction (2020). She was nominated for the Most Promising Actress Award for The Patience Stone at the 2014 César Awards.[1]

Early life[edit]

Farahani in 2006

Farahani was born on 10 July 1983 in Tehran, Iran. She is the daughter of Behzad Farahani, a theatre director and actor, and Fahimeh Rahim Nia. Her sister is actress Shaghayegh Farahani.[2] Golshifteh began studying music and piano at the age of five, and later entered a music school in Tehran. At 14, she was cast as the lead in Dariush Mehrjui's The Pear Tree, a role for which she won the Crystal Roc for Best Actress from the International Section of the 16th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.

Career[edit]

Farahani starred in the drama About Elly, which won Best Picture at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Due to her appearance in the Hollywood movie Body of Lies, seen by Iranian authorities as a collaboration with American propaganda and a violation of Islamic law due to Farahani's appearance without hijab, she has not been allowed to return and work in Iran since 2009, and has since resided in France.[3] Farahani starred in The Patience Stone (2012), directed by Atiq Rahimi from his novel; it was favorably received by most reviewers.[4] She also starred in a 2012 César Award video in the Most Promising Actors category.

In 2016, Farahani played Anna Karenina on stage in Paris and received laudatory reviews. She also played the lead role of Laura in director Jim Jarmusch's American feature film Paterson, opposite actor Adam Driver. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews, scoring 96% approval on the movie site Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2017, she appeared in the fantasy film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as the sea witch Shansa.[5]

In 2020, she was in the action film Extraction as Nik Khan.[6]

She was slated to appear in director Dariush Mehrjui's film Rumi's Kimia,[7][better source needed] which will be based on Saideh Ghods's novel Kimia Khatoon.

Non-film work[edit]

Farahani is involved in environmental causes, and is an advocate for the eradication of tuberculosis in Iran.[citation needed]

In Iran, she was a member of Kooch Neshin (Nomads), a band that won the 2nd Tehran Avenue underground rock competition. Since leaving Iran, she has teamed up with another exiled Iranian musician, Mohsen Namjoo; their album Oy[8] was released in October 2009.

In December 2014, she took 6th place in the annual Independent Critics Beauty List of 2014.[9]

Since moving to Paris,[10] she has worked with directors Roland Joffé, Huner Saleem and Marjane Satrapi, among others, and was a member of the international jury at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival.

Controversy[edit]

Golshifteh Farahani during an interview with BBC Persian

After Farahani's appearance in the U.S. film Body of Lies, it was reported that Iranian government authorities had prevented her from leaving Iran.[2] However, this was denied by her colleagues, and she appeared at the movie's American premiere.[11] Her last film performance in Iran was in About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi.[3]

In January 2012, it was reported that Farahani would not be welcome in her native Iran after posing nude in the French magazine Madame Figaro.[12] According to Britain's Daily Telegraph, Iranian government officials told her, "Iran does not need actors or artists like you. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else."[13] A picture from the shoot on her Facebook page initiated a lively debate about her behavior.[14] She also appeared topless in a short black-and-white film by Jean-Baptiste Mondino called Corps et Âmes (Bodies and Souls).[15] She also posed for fully nude photographs taken by Paolo Roversi for a Ègoïste magazine cover and editorial.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1998 The Pear Tree Mitra Dariush Mehrjui Won – Crystal Simorgh Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2001 Seven Acts Fereshteh Farzad Motamen
2002 Zamaneh Zamaneh Hamid Reza Salahmand
2003 Two Angels Azar Mohammad Haghighat Screened at the International Critics' Week section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival
2004 Somewhere Else Raha Mehdi Karampour
Boutique Eti Hamid Nematollah Won – Best Actress at the 2004 Nantes Three Continents Festival

Nominated – Iran Cinema Celebration Award for Best Actress

The Tear of the Cold Ronak Azizollah Hamidnejad Nominated – Crystal Simorgh Fajr Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2005 The Fish Fall in Love Touka Ali Rafie Selected at the 2005 International Film Festival Rotterdam
Bab'Aziz Noor Nacer Khemir
2006 Gis Borideh Maryam Jamshid Heidari
In the Name of the Father Habibeh Ebrahim Hatamikia
Half Moon Niwemang Bahman Ghobadi Selected at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival
M for Mother Sepideh Rasoul Mollagholipour Selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards
2007 The Music Man Hanieh Dariush Mehrjui
To Each His Own Cinema Herself Premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
2008 The Wall Setareh Mohammad Ali Talebi Nominated – Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award for Best Actress
There's Always a Woman in Between Maryam Kamal Tabrizi
Shirin Woman in Audience Abbas Kiarostami Screened at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival
Body of Lies Aisha Ridley Scott Screened at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival
2009 About Elly Sepideh Asghar Farhadi Nominated – 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress
2011 If You Die, I'll Kill You Siba Huner Saleem
There Be Dragons Leila Roland Joffé
Chicken With Plums Iran Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
2012 The Patience Stone The Woman Atiq Rahimi Nominated – 2014 César Awards for Most Promising Actress

Nominated – 2013 Asian Film Awards for Best Actress, Favorite Actress

Just Like a Woman Mona Rachid Bouchareb
2013 My Sweet Pepper Land Govend Huner Saleem Nominated – 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress
2014 Rosewater Maryam Bahari Jon Stewart
Eden Yasmin Mia Hansen-Løve
Exodus: Gods and Kings Nefertari Ridley Scott
2015 Two Friends Mona Louis Garrel
Go Home Nada Jihane Chouaib
2016 Sophie's Misfortunes Madame de Réan Christophe Honoré
Finding Altamira Conchita Hugh Hudson
Paterson Laura Jim Jarmusch Selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Shansa Joachim Running, Espen Sandberg
The Song of Scorpions Nooran Anup Singh Premiered on the Piazza Grande at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival
Shelter Mona Eran Riklis
The Upside Maggie Neil Burger Premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
Santa & Cie Amélie Alain Chabat
2018 The Night Eats the World Sarah Dominique Rocher
Girls of the Sun Bahar Eva Husson Selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
2019 Blind Spot Elham Patrick-Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic
Arab Blues Selma Manele Labidi Screened in the Venice Days section at the 2019 Venice Film Festival
2020 Extraction Nik Khan Sam Hargrave Netflix film
2022 Brother and Sister Faunia Arnaud Desplechin Selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival
TBA Extraction 2 Nik Khan Sam Hargrave Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2018–2021 Gen:Lock Yasamin 'Yaz' Madrani Voice only Rooster Teeth, HBO Max
2021 Invasion Aneesha Malik Main role, 10 episodes Apple TV+

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "Pola" Jabberwocky [17]
2018 "Paradis" Orelsan

Theatre[edit]

Year Play Role Notes
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 France and in Paris at the Théâtre de la Tempête directed by Gaëtan Vassart

Concerts[edit]

Date Venue Note
10 August 2009 Sala Verdi, Milan Conservatory With Mohsen Namjoo, presentation of the new album Oy
9 November 2009 Lido, Venice With Mohsen Namjoo, during the Venice Film Festival

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Award Film Result
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)
Boutique
Won
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)
Nominated
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
Favorite Actress 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 Award Most Promising New Actress Les Deux Amis (Two Friends) Nominated
2018 Chlotrudis Awards[18] Best Supporting Actress Paterson Nominated

References[edit]

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