Saeed Roustayi

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Saeed Roustayi
Roustayi at the 39th Filmfest München (2022)
Born (1989-08-14) August 14, 1989 (age 33)
Tehran, Iran
EducationSoore University (BFTV)
  • Director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active2011–present
Notable workLife and a Day
Just 6.5
Leila's Brothers

Saeed Roustaee (Persian: سعید روستایی, born August 14, 1989), also spelled Saeed Roustayi, is an Iranian director, screenwriter and producer. He has won the Crystal Simorgh for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best First Director at the 34th Fajr Film Festival for his feature directorial debut drama film Life and a Day (2016). In 2022, his second film, Just 6.5 (2019), was nominated for the César Award for Best Foreign Film. In April 2022, his third film, Leila's Brothers (2022), was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

He graduated from Soore University with a Bachelor of Film and Television in Directing.[3]


Life and a Day is his first major cinematic work. At the Fajr International Film Festival, Roustayi won 2 Crystal Simorghs for best directing and best screenplay. He received the 2016 Reflet d'Or for Best Feature at the Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans.[4][5]

His works primarily focus on issues of social injustice, as well as his portrayals of women in Iranian society.

His third feature film Leila's Brothers competed in the 2022 Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize for films screened in the main competition section.


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2016 Life and a Day Yes Yes No
2017 Blockage No Yes No
2019 Just 6.5 Yes Yes No
2022 Leila's Brothers Yes Yes Yes

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer
2011 Saturday Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Very Secluded Street Yes Yes Yes
Ceremony Yes Yes Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
Cannes Film Festival 2022 Palm d'Or Leila's Brothers Nominated [6]
FIPRESCI Prize Won [7]
Citizenship Prize Won [8]
Chicago International Film Festival 2019 Best New Director Just 6.5 Nominated [9]
César Awards 2022 Best Foreign Film Just 6.5 Nominated [10]
Entrevues Film Festival 2020 Grand Prix Just 6.5 Nominated
Fajr Film Festival 2016 Best Director Life and a Day Won
Best Screenplay Won
Best First Director Won
2019 Best Director Just 6.5 Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
FEST International Film Festival 2020 Best Film Just 6.5 Nominated
Hafez Awards 2016 Best Director Life and a Day Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
2019 Best Director Just 6.5 Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Iran Cinema Celebration 2016 Best Director Life and a Day Won
Best Screenplay Won
2019 Best Director Just 6.5 Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association 2016 Best Director Life and a Day Won
Best Screenplay Won
2020 Best Director Just 6.5 Third Place
Best Screenplay Nominated
Munich International Film Festival 2022 Best International Film Leila's Brothers Nominated
Nahal Short Film Festival 2013 Best Fiction Short Feature Ceremony Won
Tokyo International Film Festival 2019 Best Director Just 6.5 Won
Grand Prix Nominated
Venice International Film Festival 2019 Best Feature Film – Horizons Just 6.5 Nominated
Zurich Film Festival 2019 Best International Feature Film Just 6.5 Nominated
Special Mention – International Feature Film Won


  1. ^ ""برادران لیلا"ی سعید روستایی در مسابقه اصلی کن". ایسنا (in Persian). 14 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  2. ^ عباسی‌زاده, مریم (14 April 2022). "دو فیلم ایرانی "برادران لیلا" و "عنکبوت مقدس" در بخش مسابقه جشنواره کن ۲۰۲۲". euronews (in Persian). Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  3. ^ "بیوگرافی کامل سعید روستایی (کارگردان ابد و یک روز) +عکس های جدید ایشان". جستجوگر اخبار تی نیوز (in Persian). Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans | 3–11 November 2017". Festival tous écrans | Geneva international film festival. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Life+1 Day Receives Best Film Award At Geneva Festival". Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (14 April 2022). "Cannes Film Festival: Michel Hazanavicius' 'Z (Comme Z)' To Open; James Gray, David Cronenberg, Cristian Mungiu, Kelly Reichardt In Competition – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  7. ^ ""Leila's Brothers" wins Fipresci prize in Cannes". Honaronline. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  8. ^ Hopewell, John (28 May 2022). "Fipresci Prizes 'Leila's Brothers,' 'The Blue Caftan,' 'Love According to Dalva'". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  9. ^ VB, Andy (16 September 2019). "Announcing Competitions for the 55th Chicago International Film Festival". Cinema Chicago. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (26 January 2022). "César Awards Nominations: 'Lost Illusions', 'Annette', 'Aline' Dominate; 'Titane' Shut Out Of Best Film Race – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 3 July 2022.

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