Masoud Kimiai

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Masoud Kimiai
Born Masoud Kimiai
(1941-07-29) July 29, 1941 (age 74)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Film director
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Giti Pashaei (1969–1991, divorced)
Googoosh (1991–2003, divorce)
Children Poolad (b. 1981)

Masoud Kimiai (Persian: مسعود کیمیایی‎‎, born 29 July 1941 in Tehran) is an Iranian director, screenwriter and producer.


Kimiai started his career as an assistant director and made his debut, Come Stranger, in 1968. With his second film, Qeysar (1969), he and Dariush Mehrjui with The film Cow, caused a historical change in Iranian film industry. But Dariush Mehrjui's film with more artistic values has sustained its level of greatness through history of Iranian cinema . Kaisar became a great success at the box office and opened the way for many young, talented filmmakers who never had a chance in the industry before. He also received many good reviews by manipulating the film critics.[Questionable statement: provide references]

His films deal with people at the margin of the society with his anti-hero characters that die at the end. Many directors of commercial films imitated his Kaiser/ Qeysar for about 6 years, but in the last decade he focuses on young antagonists. He usually writes his screenplays, using slang dialogs based on ordinary traditional people’s dialect but some Iranians find those dialogues unrealistic and weird.

In 1991, he was awarded a prize in 41st Berlin International Film Festival for his Snake Fang (Dandan-e-mar).[1] This was not his sole international prize. At the Cairo International Film festival in 1979 he got from the International Catholic Organisation for Cinema (OCIC), the OCIC Prize for his film The Journey of the Stone (Safar Sang). The international OCIC jury gave its award to this film because The Journey of the Stone denounced the exploitation of mankind by mankind and called for a more just social order. He has been married 3 times. He was married to the late Iranian pop singer Giti Pashaei until 1991, afterwards he married the Iranian pop singer Googoosh.[2]


  • Come Stranger, 1968
  • Qeysar, 1969
  • Reza Motorcyclist (Reza Motori) (1970)
  • Dash Akol, 1971
  • Baluch, 1972
  • Soil, 1973
  • Gavaznha, 1974
  • The Horse (short film)
  • The Oriental Boy (short film), 1974
  • Ghazal, 1976
  • The Journey of the Stone, 1978
  • The Red Line, 1982
  • Blade and Silk, 1986
  • The Lead, 1988
  • The Sergeant, 1990
  • Snake Fang, 1990
  • The Wolf's Trail, 1992
  • Trade, 1993
  • The Feast, 1995
  • Sultan, 1996
  • Mercedes, 1997
  • Cry, 1998
  • Protest, 1999
  • Friday Soldiers, 2002
  • Verdict, 2004
  • The Boss, 2006
  • Mohakeme dar Khiaban, 2009
  • Crime, 2011
  • Qeysar 40 saal baad (Documentary), 2011
  • Metropole, 2014


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
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