Hossein Rigi (April 5, 1963-) is an Iranian director and producer. He is best known for his films such as 'The Red Ribbon' (2009), 'The White Balloon' (1995), and 'A Separation' (2011).
Rigi was born in Tehran, Iran. He graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in cinema. He quickly began working as a cinematographer and assistant director for Iranian television shows and films.
Rigi's first feature film, 'The White Balloon', was released in 1995 and was a critical and commercial success. The film won the Caméra d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Rigi then directed the acclaimed drama 'The Red Ribbon' in 2009. The film was selected to be part of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. It went on to win the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2011, Rigi directed 'A Separation'. The film was a major critical and commercial success, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Rigi's latest work is the documentary 'This Is Not a Film' which he co-directed with Jafar Panahi. The film was made secretly in Iran and was smuggled out of the country on a USB stick.
Rigi's films have been praised for their realistic portrayals of contemporary Iranian life. His films explore themes such as family, religion, and relationships. His work has been praised for its unique visual style and its ability to capture the complexity of Iranian culture.
Overall, Hossein Rigi is one of the most acclaimed Iranian directors of the modern era. His films have received numerous awards and accolades, and he is considered one of the most important filmmakers of his generation.