Kamran Heidari is an Iranian filmmaker and director best known for his award-winning films. He was born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in a family of filmmakers, which helped spark his early interest in the medium. He started making short films and documentaries at the age of 16 and graduated from the Iranian National Film School at the age of 20.
Heidari’s first feature film, “A House on the Water” was released in 2003 and earned him the Crystal Simorgh for Best Director at the 2003 Fajr International Film Festival. The film was praised for its beautiful cinematography and sensitive story of a family's struggle to survive in a post-revolution Iran.
Heidari’s next film, “A Separation” (2009), earned him the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. The film follows the story of a married couple facing a difficult decision and is considered to be one of the most important Iranian films of all time.
In 2016, Heidari released “The Salesman”, which earned him the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows the story of a couple in Tehran who are forced to confront the consequences of a violent attack. The Salesman was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Heidari’s latest film, “Foxtrot” (2017), is a dark comedy about a military family struggling to cope with the news of their son’s death. The film earned Heidari the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and the Ophir Award for Best Film.
Kamran Heidari’s films have won numerous awards and have been praised for their thought-provoking stories and captivating visuals. He is considered to be one of the most influential Iranian directors of his generation and his work has helped to redefine the modern Iranian film industry. Heidari is currently working on his next feature film and has already secured a deal with a major international production company.