Golshifteh Farahani

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Golshifteh Farahani
Golshifteh Farahani Césars 2014 2.jpg
Farahani at the 39th César Awards, 2014
Rahavard Farahani

(1983-07-10) July 10, 1983 (age 35)
Tehran, Iran
ResidenceParis, France
Alma materAzad University
  • Actress
  • musician
  • singer
Years active1997–present
Amin Mahdavi
(m. 2003; div. 2013)

Christos Dorje Walker
(m. 2015; div. 2017)
RelativesBehzad 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]


The movie The Patience Stone (2012), directed by Atiq Rahimi from his novel, has received a majority of positive reviews[4] upon its release. One of her upcoming movies is Rumi's Kimia.[5] 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.[6]

Non-film work[edit]

Golshifteh Farahani during an interview with BBC Persian

Besides acting, Golshifteh is involved in environmental activities; she has also become an ambassador for fighting tuberculosis in Iran.[3] 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[7] was released in October 2009.

In December 2014, she took the 6th place in the Annual Independent Critics Beauty List of 2014.[8] Golshifteh now lives in Paris, France.[9] 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.[2] However, this was denied by her colleagues and she later appeared at the movie's premiere in the U.S.[10] Golshifteh's last film performance in Iran was in About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi.[1]

In January 2012, it was reported that Golshifteh would not be welcome in her homeland after posing nude in the French Madame Figaro.[11] 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."[12] A picture from the shoot on her Facebook page initiated a lively debate about her behavior.[13] She also appeared topless in a short black-and-white film by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, called Corps et Âmes, or Bodies and Souls.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
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
2001 Zamaneh (Times) Zamaneh
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
2006 Gis Borideh Maryam
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
2014 Eden Yasmin
Exodus: Gods and Kings Nefertari
Rosewater Maryam Bahari
2015 Les Deux Amis Mona
Go Home Nada
Ports of Calls Clara
2016 Altamira Conchita
Paterson Laura
Sophie's Misfortunes Madame de Réan
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Shansa
The Song of Scorpions Nooran
Shelter Mona/Lina Haddad
The Upside Maggie
Santa & Cie Amélie
2018 Les filles du soleil (Girls of the Sun) Bahar
The Night Eats the World Sarah
Red Snake Rebel

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)
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
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 Awards, France Most Promising New Actress Les Deux Amis (Two Friends) Nominated
2018 Chlotrudis Awards[15] Best Supporting Actress Paterson Nominated

Theater performance[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)[16]
2016 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina Toured around the France and in Paris at the Théâtre de la Tempête directed by Gaëtan Vassart

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2014 "Pola" Jabberwocky (featuring Clara Cappgli) [17]
2018 "Paradis" Orelsan


Date Venue Note
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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Tehrani, Souraya, "Hollywood postponed : Golshifteh Farahani has been prevented from heading to the US to discuss future film roles", Guardian (UK), Friday August 22, 2008
  3. ^ a b "Actress Golshifteh Farahani was appointed as the ambassador of TB" Archived 2009-03-09 at the Wayback Machine., News, National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  4. ^ "The Patience Stone". Archived from the original on 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  5. ^ "Rumi's Kimia - Selected Conversations on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
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  9. ^ "DiCaprio Co-Star in Islamic Hot Water? at Hollywood.com". Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  10. ^ "Colleague denies Iran actress faced travel ban: report", AFP, Tehran, Aug 26, 2008
  11. ^ Tait, Robert (17 July 2012). "Iran imposes travel ban on star actresses". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  12. ^ McElroy, Damien (18 January 2012). "Iranian actress banned from homeland after naked magazine shoot". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Iranian reactions to Golshifteh Farahani's nude photo". Tabeer. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  14. ^ Omid Memarian (2012-01-20). "Nude Photo of Iranian Actress Golshifteh Farahani Roils Iran". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  15. ^ "Golshifteh Farahani - Awards - IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Home". Stage1 Production. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  17. ^ "Jabberwocky: Pola, le titre lancinant et addictif dévoilé". Lefigaro.fr. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2016-12-10.

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